Garnet, a Gem for Everyone

Garnets have been widely known and used for thousands of years.  Even Noah, it is reported, used a lantern made from garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night.  Garnets are found in jewelry from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travelers wore garnets for protection, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones.  It was believed, in those days, that garnets illuminated the night and prevented their wearer from any sort of evil.  For those lucky enough to be born in January, garnet is your official birthstone.

Garnet species are found in many locales and many colors including red, green, purple, pink, orange, yellow, brown, black, and colorless. At Bella Terra Fine Jewelry we have a large selection of garnets in a range of beautiful colors and settings.  In particular, we offer a collection of contemporary jewelry featuring Grape Garnet set in yellow and white gold.  The name Grape Garnet was derived from its intense purple-red color reminiscent of a fine merlot or cabernet wine.  It is this rich color, together with the gem’s fiery brilliance, which makes Grape Garnet so desirable.  This rare purple-red garnet is mined only on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India.  Here the stones are mined by hand using small tools, like picks and shovels.  Only a very small portion of the found garnets meet the stringent criteria of the rare Grape Garnet.  These gems must be a consistent color, free of eye visible growth characteristics and must exhibit intense brilliance after being cut to exacting standards.

Here at Bella Terra, we also carry a large selection of red Pyrope garnet in stunning and affordable silver jewelry designs by Ed Levin, in addition to one of a kind designs featuring rare and unusual garnets from around the world.

While garnet is the birthstone for January, this lovely gem can, and should, be worn by anyone who loves rich colors and brilliant gemstones.  Its beauty, coupled with a high rating for durability, makes garnet a gem for everyone.  Come in and find yours!

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