Garnet Quality Analysis

For healthy caring, the same gemstone power is almost same, only different between different sizes, the carat weight. But to learn more about its price, different stone will be huge differs in price; here are some factors that influence the value of garnet stone.

1. Varieties and colors

There are many varieties of garnet, their price differ a lot because of the difference of scarcity, so the scarcity is very important factor that influent garnet’s price.

Normally there are two colors garnet in the market, one is normal red, and the other is fuchsia, these garnet is cheaper consider to others, including pyrope, almandine and some spessartine; the other one is beautiful green garnet, mainly demantoid and tsavolite. Demantoid shows sparkling viridis, refractive up to 1.89, its high dispersion values 0.057 is twice of other garnet stones and higher than diamond, when processed into gems it shows sparkling fire, very attractive. Demantoid is very rear in nature, so its value is much higher than other garnet stones. And due to those facts, demantoid is always a very high grade gemstone loved by people, its value equal to high grade Sapphire. High grade demantoid’s price is even near to or higher than same color emerald. Orange spessartine, red pyrope and dark red almandine are Low-grade gems on the other hand.

But there are exceptions when the garnet stone is color changing, this kind garnet is very rear, value is higher than normal ones. Color changing garnet is named Malaya, it is mixed by pyrope and spessartine, shows green under sunshine, and shows red purple under incandescent light. Malaya mainly comes from Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

2. Transparency

The more transparent garnet value is higher. Containing inclusions will devalue the garnet’s price, but containing parallel tubular inclusions is exception. Garnet that contains tubular inclusions can be processed to cabochon and then shows four or six corners-star radiance, and is high valued.

3. Cutting

Cutting is an important factor to analysis price for all kind gems, semi-gems and zircon and all others, garnet is no exception

A. Type of cutting: there are two main cutting methods for gemstone, one is facet cutting and the other is cabochon cutting. High quality garnet stone mostly use facet cutting, and low quality garnet mostly use cabochon cutting.

B. Proportion and symmetry: both cutting should make sure correct proportion and symmetry. Except demantoid, other garnet’s dispersion all lower than diamond, but if cut into appropriate proportion and make sure good symmetry, it can also shows good fire. Demantoid has higher dispersion than diamond, if the cutting is perfect, it will shows very beautiful fire.

C. Polishing: polishing will affect gemstone’s luster, good silk polishing will make the gemstone more shinning, and thus price will be also higher.

4. Weight

Under same condition, the bigger size and heavy stone value is higher than small one.


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Garnet and Goethe

In Europe’s Bohemian garnet museum, there is a piece of red garnet that already sleeps a few hundred years; she sleeps there quietly telling each visitor a beautiful love story.

Ulrike is the owner of this garnet stone; she is the last lover of the famous poet Goethe. When 17 years old young Ulrike first met 72 years old Goethe, she falls in love with Goethe. But due to the huge age difference, her love gets big obstacles. But the headstrong young girl’s love was strong as the garnet stone in her family. Every time when she went dating with Goethe she will take that garnet stone, she deeply believes that the garnet stone will transfer her love to Goethe. She let the garnet bear witness to her constancy love.

Maybe the garnet stone really works; Goethe was deeply touched by Ulrike’s love, and thus, a great ancient poem “Marienbad Elegy” was born. Ulrike remained a bachelor woman for all her life and died at the age of 95.


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Garnet and marriage

People commemorate their marriage the same day every year. On that day, mostly exchange of gifts between couples, or invite family and friends to celebrate. Anniversary has different alias, in addition to known as silver and golden wedding, there are lots wedding anniversary we don’t know.

Garnet wedding is one of them, but this wedding is little confused, some countries consider the second anniversary is garnet wedding, some consider the 18th anniversary is garnet wedding while second anniversary is cotton wedding.

No matter which year you think is garnet wedding, garnet has its special advantage which made us like to have one garnet jewelry. It is its charming red color and cheaper price consider to ruby. Some high quality garnet looks similar to ruby, but price much lower, after designer’s work, garnet become a highlight of the numerous fine jewelry, wouldn’t you want one charming red color to highlight your necklace or fingers?


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Garnet stone in the ancient Greek mythology

Garnet is one of the 12 important gemstones, there is a beautiful story about garnet stone in the ancient Greek mythology.

People all know Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence and is eventually reunited with him.

Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, his wife Penelope gave him a new baby son Telemachus just before he was called to fight in the Trojan War. Before leaving, he gave Penelope a garnet stone, ask her to keep the stone and always remember him. After that it is 10 years Trojan War, there was bad news for the Greeks always come; when the war ended, many other Greek heroes come back home but Odysseus was not. As time went, people say Odysseus was dead already and all others trust it is true. Penelope suddenly changed to be a young, beautiful and rich widow, many men were after her. But Penelope always loved Odysseus; the garnet Odysseus gave her brings her self-confidence, the garnet’s red color made her think of Odysseus’s superhuman strength and courage, like lover’s blood. The long time wait didn’t make her come decadent and aging, she was still beautiful and graceful. She always believes Odysseus still alive and will be back to her. After 20 years leaving, Odysseus finally back, and brought huge wealth.

Since then, garnet stone was recognized as representative of faithful love; people also believe garnet stone can maintain honor, enhance healthy and keep women young and beautiful.


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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.


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


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.




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 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.