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Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) January – Garnet quick facts!

by JewelStruck on Jan.06, 2010, under GEMS

Garnet finally is chosen for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS), January. As it is also the BirthStone for this month.  So many things coming up lately had delayed this announcement. Anyways better late than never, we would start of with quick facts on Garnet (yeah, as always!)

Anglo-Saxon sword hilt fitting, gold with gemstone inlay of garnet cloisonne

  • Name originates from pomegranate seed or granatum, with similar color
  • Though most common color for garnet is reddish brown, but its found in a virtual rainbow of colors
  • These are group of common silicate minerals which have similar crystal structure & chemical composition
  • Garnet’s are one of most ancient gems used, traced to the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C
  • It is Gemstone for January, also called New York’s Gemstone
  • It has got great Geological importance, been used for interpreting the genesis of many igneous and metamorphic rocks

Thats just to start with, keep watching this series to know more about garnet.  If you have something to share on Garnets, please do email us at Your contribution would be credited and we would be thankful to you for helping us out :-)

Image credit –  portableantiquities

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