What is a Garnet?

Garnets actually comprise a group of mineral species. There is no single garnet species but rather several distinct species. However, they virtually always occur in blends. Garnets can show almost any color, but most have red hues, from wine-like burgundy brownish reds to shades that rival rubies. Although red is the most traditional garnet color, some of the most highly valued varieties are orange or green. Eye-catching orange garnets have become very popular, and rare green garnets can rival emeralds in appearance and price.

As far as faceted ring stones go, the five most important species of garnet are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, and andradite. Gemologists may refer to garnets by blended names, such as almandine-pyrope, though sometimes they use only the name of the dominant species in the gem. In addition, some blends have their own names. For example, rhodolite, a popular purplish red garnet, consists of almandine and pyrope. This name is easier to remember and, thus, more marketable than “purplish red almandine-pyrope.”

How to Pick a Garnet Engagement Ring Stone

Although the physical properties of garnets can vary, in general, all facetable varieties make durable jewelry…