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GEMS January – History behind garnet and its applications!

by JewelStruck on Jan.25, 2010, under GEMS

Here comes another post on Garnet for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – January. We would be discussing history behind Garnets and its applications these days.

Garnet are one of the world’s most ancient gems, it has been known to Man for thousands of years. Garnets are also found in jewellery from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. Many an early explorer and traveller liked to carry a garnet with him, for the garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster

14kt Yellow Gold and Rhodolite Garnet Necklace

14kt Yellow Gold and Rhodolite Garnet Necklace

Applications :-

  • From ancient times the artisans created beautiful garnet beads, bracelets and other jewelry.
  • Garnet sand is a good abrasive, and a common replacement for silica sand in sand blasting.
  • Garnets are said to have been used by Asiatic tribes in place of bullets.
  • They were especially used inlaid in gold cells in the cloisonn√© technique, a style often just called garnet cloisonn√©, found from Anglo-Saxon England, as at Sutton Hoo, to the Black Sea
  • During the latter part of the 19th century, garnet bracelets and brooches were particularly popular.
  • The Garnet group is a key mineral in interpreting the genesis of many igneous and metamorphic rocks via geothermobarometry.

So that was all about Garnets history and its application, wait for more to come on Garnets this month. If you have anything to share on Garnets, do email us at

Image credit :-  Claudette Isaacs РJena Lee Creations,

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