Here is an eye-catching example of almandine garnets settled nicely into a schist matrix. The matrix is chlorite-muscovite schist, commonly found in the mountains of North Carolina, United States. As you can see in the photos, this piece is loaded with garnets, a great example for anyone who loves garnets. The contrast of this specimen is unmatched. Many of the specimens similar to this are found by either our own staff or good friends of the company as we are based out of North Carolina.
Garnet is a silicate mineral that has been cherished since the Bronze Age. It gets its name from the English word "gernet", meaning dark red. Although, it is possible it is further derived from the Latin word "granum" meaning grain or seed. There are many different types of garnet. They are all similar in crystal structure but can vary in chemical composition. The most abundant type of garnet used in jewelry is Almandine/Almandite.
Garnet is used to revitalize, purify, and balance energies. It often inspires love and devotion towards people and duties. It is frequently used for encouraging serenity and passion.
Chemical Formula: R3R2(SiO4)3 (R = Various elements that contribute to the species of garnet. There are over 20 known but only 5 are most commonly used for jewelry.)
Size: 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.8 in.
Weight: 11.10 oz
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