Size: 0.4 carat 4 millimetres round
Colour: Deep Red
For Gemstone collectors, for Mystic and positive energy as an amulet, for Jewellery designers
Tungsten ring (wedding band) not included and shown for size comparing only
Mohs hardness 7.0-7.5, Specific gravity 3.61-4.05, Refractive index 1.710-1.820. A Silicate mineral. A variety of colours, the most popular being red or green. The garnet group includes a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones. The name "garnet" come from either the Middle English word gernet meaning 'dark red', or the Latin granatus ("grain"), possibly a reference to the Pomegranate, a plant with red seeds similar in shape, size, and colour to some garnet crystals. Six common species of garnet are recognized by their chemical composition. They are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two solid solution series: 1. pyrope-almandine-spessarite and 2. uvarovite-grossular-andradite. Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily, Madagascar. It is also found in parts of the United States, Russia and Turkey. It changes color from blue-green in the daylight to purple in incandescent light, as a result of the relatively high amounts of vanadium. Other varieties of color-changing garnets exist. In daylight, their color ranges from shades of green, beige, brown, gray, and blue, but in incandescent light, they appear a reddish or purplish/pink color. Because of their color changing quality, this kind of garnet is often mistaken for Alexandrite.
Almandine - a red garnet with a violet tint. Almandine, sometimes incorrectly called almandite, is the modern gem known as carbuncle . The term "carbuncle" is derived from the Latin meaning "live coal" or burning charcoal. The name Almandine is a corruption of Alabanda, a region in Asia Minor where these stones were cut in ancient times. Chemically, almandine is an iron-aluminium garnet the deep red transparent stones are often called precious garnet and are used as gemstones.Almandine has nicknames of Oriental garnet, almandine ruby, and carbuncle.
Pyrope - a red garnet with a brown tint. Pyrope from the Greek pyropós meaning "fire-eyed" is red in color and chemically a magnesium aluminium silicate, the magnesium can be replaced in part by calcium and ferrous iron. The color of pyrope varies from deep red to almost black. Transparent pyropes are used as gemstones. A variety of pyrope from Macon County, North Carolina is a violet-red shade and has been called rhodolite, from the Greek meaning "a rose." In chemical composition it may be considered as essentially an isomorphous mixture of pyrope and almandine, in the proportion of two parts pyrope to one part almandine. Pyrope has tradenames some of which are misnomers; Cape ruby, Arizona ruby, California ruby, Rocky Mountain ruby, and Bohemian Another intriguing find is the blue color-changing garnets from Madagascar, a pyrope spessartine mix. The color of these blue garnets is not like sapphire blue in subdued daylight but more reminiscent of the grayish blues and greenish blues sometimes seen in spinel. However, in white LED light the color is equal to the best of blue sapphire, or tanzanite.
RED GARNET - inspires romantic love, passion, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, positive thoughts, inspiration, energy, past life recall, career success, social popularity and self confidence. Helps us become more productive and achievement-oriented. Garnet - Focusing and centering, assists in balance while working on computers, "genius stone", ability to concentrate, bones. Garnet - has always been considered insurance for travelers against misfortune. Likewise, some believe that it is useful in warding off bad dreams and as protection from theft. The stone is thought to attract love and soul mates and to enhance creativity. Garnet has been associated with the root, or red chakra; imbalances of which are said to be responsible for anxiety, irritable bowel and lack of energy.
January modern birthstone - garnet
January ancient traditional birthstones: Hebrew - garnet, Roman - garnet, Arabic - garnet, Polish - garnet.
Guardian angel Amriel and his talisman stone - carbuncle (garnet)
There is also a saying that tells you what stones to wear on certain days for good luck: Garnets or red stones on Thursday.
The Twelve Tribes of Israel In Exodus 28:17-21, specific gemstones were associated with the twelve tribes of Israel. People of Jewish heritage may wish to select their birthstones based on tribal names. Historians have complied several lists of which stone goes with each name. Garnet is associated with the tribe of Judah.
Many modern English translations of the Bible, including the King James Version mention Garnet in Exodus 28:17 in reference to a stone in the Hoshen: "And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle (Garnet): this shall be the first row."
Garnet care: Wash with warm soapy water, Avoid harsh detergents, Ultrasonic cleaning is usually safe, Never steam clean.