Ringing in the New Year…Happy 2016!
The month of January tends to gives us a time to catch our breath after the holiday hustle. It’s a pleasure to reflect on last years highlights from The Hidden Gem. We featured articles on a variety of topics including where families can go to mine diamonds, sapphires and rubies here in the United States, fashion forward rose gold trends, plus precious topaz and citrine. We wrapped up the year with a warm thought of using your family jewels for the gift of giving. All of these articles are available for review on our website www.sugarlandjewels.com/blog/. We invite you to contact us with any questions or ideas that you have about future articles.
Garnets are the birthstone for January with the most common color being a dark burgundy red, but few people realize that garnets display a greater variety of color than any other mineral. They are found naturally in every color and there is even a variety that changes color in different types of lighting, similar to the alexandrite. The picture that accompanies this article offers a look at several garnets with a rich range of jeweled hues. These colors are created through different chemical combinations of this durable gem and they are found throughout the world. They usually are found in smaller specimens so large faceted garnets can become rather expensive, especially in the green varieties. The hardness of this gem is 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale, which is a measure of scratch resistance. The hardest stone is the diamond with a rating of 10. This makes industrial grade garnet quite useful as an abrasive used for sandpaper surfaces.
Gem quality garnets are usually quite clear crystals and have rich, even color tones. For centuries jewelers have often set them into sterling silver settings since they can be quite affordable, and the deep colors can capture all the attention of a piece. They are the perfect jewels to warm up any wintery day!