This beautiful Malawi garnet is a strong purplish red color with some pink flashes because it contains spessartine, pyrope and almandine garnet types. We obtain the rough Malawi garnets directly from the mine owner. Loren cut this stone in a hexagon design called Fritillaria by Marco Voltillini.
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Garnets occur in every color but blue.
The largest garnet ever found was actually discovered underground in New York City, below Broadway and 7th Street. The size of a bowling ball, this garnet weighs about ten pounds and currently resides in the archives of the American Museum of Natural History.
The word garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus” for pomegranate.
Imperial Russian jeweller, Faberge, famously crafted pieces with demantoid garnet.
A stylish red garnet bead necklace found in a grave in Egypt is more than 5,000 years old.
Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the 2nd wedding anniversary.