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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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