Pyrope Garnet

Platinum Spessartite Garnet Ring in a solitaire MountingRicher, Deeper, Reds

   Pyrope garnet with its very recognizable red color is one example a garnet which contains aluminum. Pyorpe garnet can be red, orangey red, purplish red or even a very strong reddish purple. Pyrope garnet has the same basic color range as almandite garnet.  Pyrope garnet gets its color from Magnesium. Most pyrope garnet tends to be dark in color and is typically used in mass market production jewelry because of its low cost.  Pyrope garnet is most recognized as the traditional birthstone for January. Two of the most important sources for pyrope garnet are the Czech Republic and Arizona, however, they are also found in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Pyrope garnets from the Czech Republic tend to be very small and dark. Pyrope garnets from Arizona, also very small, are often referred to as “ant hill garnet” due to the fact that ants actually dig them up in the process of building their ant hills. These garnets can be found lying on the ground around newly constructed anthills. Anthill garnet gets its color from chromium (as dose fine ruby) giving it a brighter, richer and more desirable color. Pyrope garnet is typically free of inclusions. The most valuable pyrope garnet is a vibrant medium to medium dark red. Pyrope garnet is a 7-7.5 on the Moh’s harness scale. This means it is suitable for use in all types of jewelry. From garnet earrings, garnet necklaces, and garnet bracelets to garnet rings Pyrope garnet stands up to everyday wear while being quite affordable. Pyrope garnet like many gemstones will show some abrasions and minor signs of damage if set in a ring that is worn frequently. Due to its availability and affordability it is often less expensive to replace pyrope garnet than it is to have the gemstone re-polished. Almandite, Rhodolite, Spessartite and Malaya garnets also contain aluminum; they come in a variety of colors and are also excellent choices for use in garnet rings, garnet bracelets, garnet earrings, and garnet necklaces.

     pyrope         almandite         rhodolite         spessartite         mayala
                    tsavorite              demantoid              hessonite

             Sapphire      Ruby      Emerald      Garnet      Quartz      Tanzanite


        Sapphire      Ruby      Emerald      Garnet      Quartz      Tanzanite



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