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All about Garnets

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What is Garnet ?

Garnets are basically Nesosilicates. Isometric Crystal system. Garnets are beautiful Crystal with amazing Healing Properties. This is a group of differently colored minerals with similar crystal structure and related chemical composition. 

Most famous kinds of garnets are Red Garnet, Rodolite garnets, Tsavorite garnets, and Spessartite Garnets. Amazing colors variants garnets have is outstanding.


All about Garnets

Etymology - Where does Garnets comes from?

The word garnet comes from the 14th-century Middle English word gernet, meaning 'dark red'. It is borrowed from Old French grenate from Latin granatus, from granum ('grain, seed').This is possibly a reference to mela granatum or even pomum granatum ('Pomegranate', Punica granatum), a plant whose fruits contain abundant and vivid red seed covers (arilis), which are similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals. Hessonite garnet is also named 'gomed' in Indian literature and is one of the 9 jewels in Vedic astrology that compose the Navratana. 

Healing Properties of Garnets 

Spiritual Guidance:  Brings Self respect and self love. Restorative, Help Growth. 

Help to Subconscious : Brings Emotional Engagement, Soothes emotional engagement, Brings Clarity to emotions. 

Body: Fortifies Liver and Kidney; Regulates the hormonal balance in case of Hypo and Hyper functions of glands. Like Thyroid Glands imbalance. 

Mind : Helps appreciate ones abilities. 

What's so Special about Garnets

Garnet species are found in every color, with reddish shades most common. Blue garnets are the rarest and were first reported in the 1990s.

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A sample showing the deep red color garnet can exhibit.

Garnet species' light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral's Luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like). 

Garnet structural group (ref* Wiki)

  • Formula: X3Z2(TO4)3 (X = Ca, Fe, etc., Z = Al, Cr, etc., T = Si, As, V, Fe, Al)
    • All are cubic or strongly pseudo cubic.
  • IMA/CNMNC – Nickel-Strunz – Mineral subclass: 09.A Nesosilicate
    • Nickel- Strunz Classification: 09.AD.25 





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