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Garnet Sphere 5.3cm
Garnet crystals for sale from India.
This gorgeous Pyrope Garnet Sphere measuring 5.3cm in diameter displays stunning, wine-red hues topped with sparkling, twinkling ruby-red flecks.
This piece has been sympathetically polished to leave natural druzy, gemmy crystal cavities which are particularly spectacular in colour in the sunlight.
When exposed to sunlight, Pyrope Garnet is magnificent in all its shimmering, shining glory.
Some Pyrope Garnet displays shining Mica, as in this piece, which shows a gorgeous area of glistening, silvery Mica.
It is rare to see Pyrope Garnet cut into shapes like spheres and palm stones given the difficulty of working the stone: we are thankful that our skilled artisans are able to cut and polish Pyrope Garnet in our workshop in India.
What Is Garnet Made Of?
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals including the Almandine Garnet variety, and the stunning Pyrope Garnet variety, of which this piece is a specimen.
Almandine (also known as Almandite) is an Iron Aluminium Garnet mineral showcasing a deep red colour and this colour can sometimes verge towards purple, whereas Pyrope Garnet contains more magnesium content compared to Almandine Garnet's high iron content.
Pyrope Garnet's name is derived from the Greek word "puropus", which means "fire-eyed", in referenced to the shimmering, fiery colours of Pyrope Garnet.
The colour of Garnet is often compared to the colour of Rubies, and for this reason, Garnet is sometimes referred to as Almandine Ruby.
Where Does Garnet Come From?
Garnet can be found in many countries worldwide, including Brazil, Sri Lanka, and the USA.
This Garnet piece was sourced from Orissa/ Odisha in the Bay of Bengal, India.
Red Garnet is one of the oldest gemstones cut by man, and it was very popular with Roman jewellery makers.
Red gemstones, usually Red Garnets, were historically called carbuncles.
The name 'Garnet' was derived from the Latin word for seeds, and it is thought Garnet was given this name owing to its deep red colour which is similar in shade to the red seeds of Pomegranates.
Garnet Crystal Healing Properties
Garnet has a warm, fiery energy much like its warm reddish hues.
If you are lacking in motivation and energy, Garnet is said to help lift your mood.
Like the Ruby, Garnet is deeply associated with the Heart Chakra, and is said to enhance passion and love in one's relationships.
Garnet is also a very grounding stone, and therefore can be used with the Root Chakra to enhance one's connection to the Earth.
How Hard Is Garnet?
Measuring 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, Pyrope Garnet is a relatively hard and durable mineral which is quite resistant to scratching, but care should still be taken not to damage the mineral's surface, especially if rough sections are exposed.
This stunning red semi-precious stone is the January birthstone and the birthstone for the Aquarius and Capricorn Zodiac signs, and so it would make a great gift for loved ones with birthdays in this period.
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