Did you know that January's birthstone is garnet?
Garnet is most commonly found in red, however there are a variety of other vibrant colors it can be found in, including greens and pinks! Its glossy glow makes for beautiful and unique jewellery. Garnets are also mined and produced here in Australia, making it a great locally sourced gemstone!
What are the different colors of garnets?
While red garnets are the most well-known, this gemstone actually comes in a stunning array of colors. The most common color is a deep red, often referred to as "pyrope garnet." However, garnets can also be found in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, and even black. Each color variation has its own unique charm and beauty.
How is the color of garnets determined?
The color of a garnet is determined by its chemical composition and the presence of certain trace elements. For example, the presence of iron gives garnets a green color, while the presence of chromium results in a vibrant pink or red color. The intensity and saturation of the color can also vary, ranging from pale and subtle to rich and deep.
What makes garnets ideal for jewellery?
Garnets have been used in jewellery for centuries due to their stunning appearance and durability. With a hardness of 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, garnets are relatively resistant to scratches and can withstand everyday wear. Their glossy luster and vibrant colors make them a popular choice for both traditional and contemporary jewellery designs.
Why choose locally sourced garnets?
When it comes to gemstones, choosing locally sourced options can have several benefits. By opting for garnets mined and produced in Australia, you are supporting local businesses and reducing the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. Additionally, locally sourced garnets often come with a guarantee of ethical mining practices, ensuring that the gemstones are extracted in a responsible and sustainable manner.
So, the next time you're in the market for a unique and beautiful piece of jewellery, consider exploring the vibrant world of garnets beyond the traditional red. From greens to pinks and everything in between, garnets offer a kaleidoscope of colors that are sure to captivate and inspire.
Above are some examples of custom garnet engagement rings - If you have a garnet jewellery design in mind or would like to talk to us about creating a design, get in touch with us! We hand make Australian fine jewellery and custom jewellery here in Brisbane.