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Garnet Family

 Mozambique Garnet

Garnet actually is a group of minerals with the same crystalline structures which comes in a wide variety of colors. The different varieties are detailed below.

Pyrope Garnet:
One of the most common varieties (pictured above), it is red in color, often with a brownish tint to it. It has been found in Burma, Madagascar, China, Mosambique, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States. 

Rhodolite Garnet
Rhodolite Garnet
Purplish red or rose-colored garnet.

Almandite Garnet:
Named based on the town it was found in, this stone is red with a violet tint. Mined from deposits in India, Brazil, Madagascar and in the United States.

Spessertine Garnet 
Spessartine Garnet
Also called Spessartite. Named from the word for "forest" where they were found in Germany. It's color is orange to red-brown. Also found in Burma, Brazil, Kenya, China, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania and the United States.

Tsavorite Garnet
Green to emerald green in color. The best specimens are clear and are often faceted in emerald cuts. Found in Tanzania and Kenya. 

STATS Common to all Garnets:
Mohs' Hardness Scale: 6 1/2 - 7 1/2
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque


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