Garnet: January Birthstone

by Lapigems Gem Company 13. January 2016 21:55

 

IT'S JANUARY! The beginning of a new year and Garnet Month! The birthstone for January is Garnet.

To many people that means the dark red Pyrope garnets our grandparents wore.

Boring right?.....

Actually no. Garnet is one of the most revered of gemstones and is produced by mother earth in a startling array of colors and hues. 

Dazzle the senses - Due to their incredibly rich color spectrum which assault our visual senses, Garnets have made a name for themselves by keeping pace with the evolution of style and the color trends in fashion.

In the jewelry world lately, garnets are a huge inspiration to work with.

Garnets are hard, garnets are bright and being singly refractive gemstones their color hues are strong and very suited to fashion which glories in robust hues. They are also one of the only gem types on the planet today which undergo no gemological treatments whatsoever. They are beautiful as they are.

A Tantalizing array of colors, tremendous brilliance and natural beauty make the garnet stand out in the gemstone kingdom.

Garnets symbolize friendship and trust and are the ideal gift to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of marriage. So, let's take a look at a few .....

Tsavorite Garnet

Tsavorite colors vary from a vivid, light to deep, rich emerald green color. It has a particularly amazing brilliance that cannot be compared with other green gemstones. The stone is becoming one of the trendiest garnets. This can be accredited to the fact that it is only found in the exclusively beautiful landscape, rich and varied wildlife found in Tsavo National Park along the Kenya and Tanzania border. Tsavorite has very few inclusions and is occasionally flawless. What a wonderful gem to have as a birthstone!

Tsavorite is the stone of kindness, strength, wealth, energy and confidence. It is said to help one find their inner beauty, directing one to their destiny. Thus works as a stress reliever. It improves clarity of perception, knowledge about love, and understanding for your partner. Most of all though, they are seriously beautiful!

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Rhodolite Garnet

The name Rhodolite Garnet originates from two Greek words “Rose Stone”. This stone boasts a beautiful array of red, orange, pink and a shade of violet, which showcases all the brilliancy and the beauty of the garnet. Umba river valley along the Kenya- Tanzania border is regarded as source of the world’s best Rhodolite.

Rhodolite is a stone of inspiration; it encourages kindness, compassion, love and helps one to fulfill their life’s purpose. It is also a warm, sincere and trusting stone, which acts as a source of inspiration thus illuminating positive energy. 

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Malaia Garnet

The term Malaia garnet is borrowed from a Swahili word “Malaya” which means “outcast”. The gemstone varies from a light to dark pinkish orange, reddish orange, yellowish orange colors. Malaia is a beautiful, very rare gem with explosive briliance. This stunning gem is only found in Umba valley region, along the Kenya – Tanzania border, nowhere else in the world and we are at the source!

Malaia garnet is a happy and sharing stone, brings joy, friendship, pleasure and family togetherness. It promotes companionship, affection and intimacy.

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Color Change Garnet

One of most exceptional and rare gemstones is the Color Change Garnet.  Whilst most color change garnets are actually "color shift" garnets in that they do not display a complete change, fine specimens exhibit a full color change in different lights just as Alexandrite does. This stone is sought out by collectors for its rarity.

Some people call this stone an aura stone, because it exhibits many different colors at some point in the day.

Color change garnets provide the wearer with a protective influence, as well as a calming feel. This stone can come in handy as a dream catcher, to give the owner good dreams.

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Tsavorite – The World’s Rarest Garnet

by Lapigems Gem Company 13. January 2015 22:54

 This month we focus on Tsavorite; a relatively new gemstone in terms of market exposure, but with an extremely old geological history. The rocks in which  Tsavorite formed were first laid down over 2 billion years ago, thus making it older than Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

 The beautiful garnets’ home is the East African bush-land along the Kenya-Tanzania border in an area of barren, lion infested, and raw wilderness.  This  region has a history of volcanic activity and due to the volatile geological conditions under which it forms.

 Tsavorite was discovered by British geologist Campbell R. Bridges in 1967 in Tanzania and, about three years later, in Kenya. It was named by Harry Platt  of Tiffany & Co (New York) after the Tsavo game reserve in Kenya.  Indeed to this day, even though Tsavorites are found in other locations including  Tanzania, the very finest Tsavorite with the purest green hues are still only found in the Tsavo District of Kenya.

 Tsavorite is only found in relatively small sizes. Stones over 2.5 carats are considered very rare and valuable. The Smithsonian Gem Collection’s prize  piece is just 7 carats. The largest, cleanest Tsavorite on record is a 325.14-carat top-color beauty found near the Block B Tanzanite mines near Arusha,  Tanzania. It valued at over $2 million.

 Out of the two green varieties of garnets, i.e. Tsavorite and Emerald; Tsavorite is arguably the more important. Tsavorite brings greater competition  especially since it is less included, rarely treated and is more durable.  Emerald on the other hand is routinely oiled and glass filled.

 Tsavorite has earned its place as one of the world’s finest colored gemstones. Its high refractive index and dispersion levels translate into wonderful  brilliance; its durability and purity of its hues have attracted collectors and jewelry lovers alike. The romance of its origins and the fact that it formed even  before dinosaurs trod the earth make it a unique and exciting gemstone.

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