Garnet is the name
given to a group of gemstones known since the Bronze Age.
There are six common
all recognised by chemical composition - Pyrope, Almandine, Grossular,
Uvarovite, Green and Andradite.
Garnets are found in a myriad
colours including red, yellow, orange, green, brown, blue,
purple, black, grey, wine, pink and colourless.
rarest Garnet displays a colour-change
from blue-green in daylight to purple in incandescent light.
collector’s Garnet is the bright green Uvarovite usually found in small
crystals in Russia and Finland, while another green Garnet is Tsavorite
from Kenya, named and launched by Tiffany & Co in 1974.
The most popular variety of Garnet to the general public is arguably
ruby-red from Bohemia.
The natural crystal shape
Garnet belongs to the cubic
showing 12 distinct sides.