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Garnet bead strands (Almandine)£4.95
Garnet Bracelets (Almandine)£2.50 – £3.00
Garnet Cabochons (Almandine/Pyrope)£0.85 – £3.95
Garnet crystal chips in a bottle (Almandine)£2.50
Garnet Crystals (Almandine)£1.95
Garnet in Matrix (Almandine)£4.95
Garnet Necklaces (Almandine)£3.00
Garnet Specimens / Rough (Almandine/Pyrope)£1.95 – £39.95
Garnet tumblestones – Star£9.95
Garnet Tumblestones (Almandine)£0.95 – £3.75
Garnet, Faceted (Almandine)£0.85 – £19.95
Uses and History
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals – not just the red Garnet most people know of!
Garnets have been used as gemstones since the Bronze Age and were some of the most commonly used gemstones in the Roman world, as well as Anglo-Saxon England – using an inlay technique called ‘cloisonne’.
The archaeological evidence produced by these finds gives us a wealth of evidence about early civilisations – we can determine that there were trade routes from the UK and Europe stretching as far as Sri Lanka and India.
Garnet is also used as an abrasive, due to its relatively high hardness – often used for a media in sand blasting and water jet cutting.
Mineralogy, colours, and variants
Impurities and inclusions cause various colours:
red, green, white, grey, black, yellow, orange, purple.
Photos of Almandine Garnet
Photos of Demantoid Garnet
Photos of Grossular Garnet
Photos of Hessonite Garnet
Photos of Mandarin Garnet
Photos of Melanite Garnet
Photos of Pyrope Garnet
Photos of Rhodolite Garnet
Photos of Spessartine Garnet
Photos of Topazolite Garnet
Photos of Tsavorite Garnet
Photos of Uvarovite Garnet
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
Apologies for any mistranslations here – it turns out ‘garnet’ is very close to ‘grenade’ in some languages.
- गारनेट के
- batu delima
- красный гранат
Mandarin and Traditional Chinese: