Anniversary stone: 2nd & 6th year of marriage
Garnets are one of the largest families of gemstones and can be found in a wide variety of locations including Kenya, Brazil and Canada. This popular gemstone has been used throughout history and its name derives from the Latin word for seed “granatus” due to its colour similarities to pomegranate seeds.
There are twenty-nine different types of garnet appearing in a wide range of rainbow colours from red and orange to green, yellow and pink. The most common form of garnet found in jewellery is the red semi-precious gemstone pyrope, although it is generally referred to as garnet. Pyrope derives its name from the Greek word “pyropos”, meaning “fiery eyed”.
The combination of its dazzling beauty, versatility and relative af fordability has made this beautiful gemstone very popular, particularly with jewellery designers. Given the name the “fashion gem” of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, garnets are very versatile lending themselves to a variety of different forms of jewellery from rings to pendants. A garnet’s soft, warm colour is shown to its best advantage when set in yellow gold jewellery .
The Mohs’ scale measures a gems relative hardness on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the stones “scratchability”. Diamond is the hardest at 10, sapphire and rubies measure 9, with pearl at around 3½ and amber at 2½.Garnet is relatively hard at 7½ on the Mohs’ scale.
Care and Cleaning:
Garnet is a very durable gemstone making it relatively easy to care for and requires no more care than usual by the wearer . It is however recommended that garnet jewellery be removed when doing heavy work to protect the gemstone from damage. Garnets should be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt and dust from behind the stone.
Legend and Lore:
The garnet is believed to have mystical powers and when worn close to the body it provides energy and courage. It is also said to encourage good health and enhances the wearer's imagination. The garnet symbolises fire, courage, truth, compassion and also protects travellers.