ICA | Gemlab
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Where Garnets are found


Some gemstones can be found in red, some can be found in blue, and others can display multiple colors in one stones. Garnets, which don’t have the pleochroic feature, can be found in almost every single color. These unique gemstones found all over the world are so popular that certain species have been adopted as state gemstones for four separate states in the United States of America! The state gemstone of New York is garnet, Connecticut has almandine garnet, Idaho has star garnet and Vermont has grossular garnet.

Garnets are a group of closely related silicate minerals that can be found in all sorts of colors. They have the same crystal structure but differ in chemical composition. The name comes from “malum granatum” which is Latin for red pomegranate seeds. A reference to the color red is made in the name because red garnets have a long history and are the most abundant. But, gem collectors can find garnets in an assortment of colors that include green, orange, pinkish orange, saturated purplish reds and sometimes blue. Despite the fact that there are more than 20 species of garnets, only five are commercially important. Those species include pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, and andradite. 


Garnets have a long history and therefore it isn’t a wonder why legends and folklore place these stones among the most ancient of talismans. Its strong protective energies and curative powers are linked to each color of the stone; each pertaining to its own set of spiritual properties. Garnets are believed to represent primordial fire, purification, love and grounds spirit forces within the body. They were used in Ancient Egypt, former Czechoslovakia, Sumeria around 2100 BC and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 BC. Europeans would wear garnet to dispel melancholy and enhance truth, faith, and constancy. They were adorned by religious individuals and nobility for those specific reasons. On the other side of the world, Asiatic tribes associated garnets to blood and would sometime use red garnets as bullets because they believed it would inflict more damage. Ancient civilizations would also use garnets to dispel bad dreams, cure mental depression and stimulate fertility.

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