Garnet Gemstone is associated with fire, passion and blood. The associations of this extremely popular gemstone are numerous; it is the birthstone for January; associated with the astrological signs of both Aquarius and Leo; and is also the recommended gift for both the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.
Garnet occurs in a kaleidoscope of natural colours including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, black, pink and colourless. Although there are some 30 different gems in the Garnet gemstone family, they all fall into one of the six main groups; Alamandine, Andradite, Grossular, Pyrope, Spessartite or Uvarovite.
All Garnet gemstones feature the same cubic crystal structure; a wide range of differing chemical compositions and physical structures then provides us with so many wonderful varieties and natural colours. Because Garnet gemstone members are unusually linked due to their crystal structure, their differences in composition mean that their hardness can vary from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. The following gemstones belong to one of the six Garnet groups; Mozambique Garnet, Colour Change Garnet, Hessonite Garnet, Malaia Garnet, Mandarin Garnet, Rhodalite, Tsavorite, Demantoid and Mali Garnet.
Garnet is steeped in history it can be dated back to 3500BC. It’s name derived from the Latin word “granatus” as it is similar in shape to the seed of a pomegranate. Incidentally, in Greek mythology this fruit is also regarded as a gift of love, and is said to symbolise eternity.