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Green Garnets Galore!

We couldn't resist a good alliteration and the word galore! Okay, back to work on our blog posts.

Recently, we wrote about the vibrancy of abundant red garnets and how they can be found all over the world.

 

These are easy to find and oh so pretty!

 

Some garnets in the world are hard to find. The rarity comes from their vibrant shades of green. Three varieties of green garnet exist, tsavorite garnet, demantoid garnet, and uvarovite garnet.

Demantoid garnet, a famous green garnet, in a faceted or rough form, it is gorgeous!

 

There is a variety of grossular garnet named tsavorite garnet, which has a luscious green comparable to the most beautiful emeralds. Vanadium, and sometimes chromium, are responsible for the beautiful green hue of tsavorite. Tiffany & Co. gave tsavorite the name from Tsavo National Park, mined initially in Kenya. Tsavorite garnets usually come from East Africa, but a deposit was discovered in 1991 in Madagascar. So our key pendant (shown below) has gorgeous garnets with African origins.

 

Look at how bright and lustrous those tsavorite garnets are against the white gold key!


Another garnet that is quite remarkable is called a demantoid garnet. Demantoid is a variety of andradite garnet that is also famous for its green color. Two qualities make demantoid garnet illustrious: horsetail inclusions and a fire that is comparable to diamonds. The horsetail inclusions are golden wispy inclusions that increase demantoid's value, and when well-cut, demantoid can show brilliant flashes of fire. Demantoid garnets were found in the Ural Mountains in Russia, where Alexandrite (check out our article here) was mined. But that source has been depleted. Before the depletion, demantoid was frequently by Faberge, who was the jeweler to the Russian Royal Family.

 

The golden wisps look like fireworks, don't you agree?

 

Another green garnet in the world is a stunning variety called uvarovite. Uvarovite usually occurs as a cluster of crystals. They're too small to facet, so uvarovite is generally set in its druzy form with the matrix behind it as support. Unlike tsavorite garnet and demantoid garnet, uvarovite is consistently green. The other two garnets are subspecies in the garnet with different chemical compositions that change their color. The name comes from a Russian statesman named Count Uvarov, who wrote about the mineral wealth of Russia. He was the first person to write about his namesake garnet.

 

Jewelry set with vibrant green druzies, quite brilliant!

 

I hope the January babies are excited at the prospect of having a birthstone in more than just the dark and all too familiar red. Thank you for stopping by everybody. We look forward to seeing you again.