GARNET GemShoppy April 9, 2015 Gemstones Garnet includes a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. Pyrope: Mg3Al2[SiO4]3. Garnets are a group of common silicate minerals that have similar crystal structures & chemical compositions. It can be translucent to transparent, sometimes opaque with a vitreous or resinous lustre. The best known type of garnet is red semi-precious stone pyrope, one of several red gems, which the ancients used to call Carbuncles. Bohemian Garnet is deep red gemstone, Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite are vibrant green. Garnet is a stone of vitality and passion. The versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colors, including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, colorless, occasionally black, brown & many shades of red and green. The most common color of garnets is reddish brown. It smoothen circulation especially in lungs, skin, intestines. It promotes heat, energy, vitalityStrengthens imagination, self-esteem, willpower. Garnet is called the “Day-Dreamer” stone. It balances sex drive and emotional disharmony. Garnets are actually one of the largest families of gemstones. Most natural garnets are mixtures of two or more of the following pure species: pyrope, almandine, spessartine, uvarovite, grossular, andradite. Garnets occur in a very wide variety of formations, colours, and clarities. The name’s origin: Garnets were so called by the ancient Greeks since colour reminded them of the pomegranate seed or granatum. Garnet is considered to be the birthstone for Capricornus (Goat): Dec. 22 – Jan. 19.