Monthly Archives: January 2014

The home of the garnet

Pyrope mainly distributed in the ultrabasic rock and its residual slope wash placer, large gem grade pyrope is rare. The former Soviet union, Norway, Czech and China jiangsu have output. Magnesium iron garnet is mainly produced in the United States and Tanzania. Rhodolite comes from the Angle of mica schist and gneiss and other metamorphic rocks and sands, origin countries such as Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, India and so on. Grossular is the product of skarn, but also found in serpentinite and gabbro alteration, for instance, green grossular was found in Kenya, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union and China. Hessonite produced in Sri Lanka, spessartine produced in pegmatite but also found in some metamorphic rocks, high Gem grade spessartine comes from Burma, Sri Lanka, Brazil and other countries. Andradite is the product of schist and metamorphosed limestone, brown and green; green garnet and topazolite is produced in the serpentine. Dark garnet is produced in the alkaline igneous rock, there are output in former Soviet Union and Congo. Uvarovite were found in the former Soviet union and the United States.

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January Birthstone

Garnet is the gemstone that filled in flame, mostly we buy is red color and purple red. For thousands of years, garnet was considered  to be representative of belief, friendship, faithful and honest, and also a good luck charm. According to legend, garnet will help people improve personal relationships and protect the wearer from harm and disaster.

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Garnet has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. Garnet beads and inlaid jewelry were worn in ancient Egypt as early as 3100BC. The name “Garnet” comes from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate seed”, which the red crystals resemble.

The world of garnet is more colorful than we thought, thanks to the new finds in Africa. It is true to say that red is the color most frequently found in garnet, but this gemstone group occurs in many colors. Besides red, garnet can also be various shades of green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, or purple.

The following are some important members of the garnet group:

Pyrope – red

Rhodolite – purplish red, reddish purple, purple, pink

Spessartite (also spessartine) – orange, reddish orange, red-orange, orangy red

Mandarin Garnet – orange, yellowish orange, reddish orange

Demantoid – green, yellowish green

Tsavorite – bluish green, green, yellowish green

Hessonite – orange, brownish orange, brownish yellow

Mali Garnet – green, yellow

Color Change Garnet – fluorescent: blue, green, violet; incandescent: purplish red, red, purple

Malaia (also malaya) Garnet – orange, pinkish orange, reddish orange, brown, pink

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Because of the variety of its colors, garnet is gemstone for every fashion trend. The classical color of this gemstone group is red, but the green of demantoid and tsavorite is highly esteemed. Also the orange of spessartite is much sought-after, and the pink or purple of rhodolite is amazing.

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What makes garnet so popular and always in high demand? Garnet appeals due to its natural beauty, magnificent brilliance, and excellent wearing quality. Garnet is rarely subjected to any treatment, and is ideal to work into jewelry. With the excellent hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale, garnet is suitable for everyday wear and is easy to care for.

Garnet represents friendship, and is a good luck charm. According to legend, garnet will help people improve personal relationships and protect the wearer from harm and disaster.

Today, garnet is found world wide, but some varieties are unique to certain areas only. Tsavorite and malaia (or malaya) garnet, for example are found only in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar).

Garnet is the birthstone for January and is the suggested gift for the 2nd anniversary.

What Gemstone is

Since ancient times, gemstones were believed to be the holy things, their beauty and colorful, glittering and translucent, hard and durability, and mysterious made people love it very much and also made themselves precious objects. Throughout history, gemstones have been seen as symbols of wealth and power. Gemstones have also been offered as prestigious gifts.

And now, with the improvement of people’s living standard, gemstone comes into normal families, and its special charm decorated with people’s life; it becomes a kind of elegant accessories. But within so many different jewelries in the market, how will you get the real and right gemstone for yourself or for your love ones? Here in blog.lqstock.com we will give you information about gemstone.

First of all, you need to know what a Gemstone is. Simply, you can image it is precious stone, but of cause, this is much too general.

Gemstones are generally minerals that are used for adornment or for jewelry. To be regarded as a gemstone, a mineral must be beautiful, rare, and durable-hard enough to withstand constant use or handling. There are more than three thousands natural minerals, but less than a hundred are commonly used as gemstones.

Here are some essential characteristics for gemstone:
1. Color is bright, equality, pure, can be a feast for the eyes;
2. Have higher hardness, generally above 7(individual gems which have peculiar optical phenomenon can have lower hardness, like pearl and Opal);
3. Have certain chemical stability and thermal stability;
4. Have certain size and weight, for instance, diamond no less than 0.25ct, high quality ruby and sapphire no less than 0.3ct (1ct=0.2g)
5. Can be very good processing, such as polishing and cutting;
6. Can be stably supply.

Most gemstones are mineral gems, and are found in rocks or in gem gravels. However, a few gems such as amber, pearl, coral, and ivory come from plants or animals. These gems are known as organic gems. Organic gems are not as durable as mineral gems; they are usually polished, carved, or drilled and threaded as beads.

In its natural state, a mineral gem is referred to as rough. Some natural crystals are attractive enough to be displayed as they are. Most are cut or faceted, and polished to show their best beauty. A simple cut for a stone is cabochon, a highly polished domed-shaped top, and a flat or rounded base. Cabochon stones are often seen in antique jewelry. Today most gemstones are cut to give them a number of flat surfaces, called facets. Faceting bring out the brilliance and sparkle of gemstones. Faceted gemstones show flashes of color and play of light within them.

Collecting Gemstones

Gemstones are not just for the wealthy. They can be appreciated by anyone. Today there are wide ranges of natural gemstones from all over the world available, from affordable stones to the more expensive stones. Anyone can collect a few stones that, even if not of high quality, are very attractive. Choose the stones that best for you and that fit your budget. Your gem collection will give you hours of fascination and enjoyment.