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|Garnet: Garnet is the birthstone for January and is a gorgeous mysterious gemstone. It can look rich and inviting or dark and dull, depending on the quality of the stone. MyJewelrySource offers very fine quality red and rhodolite garnets which are not only beautifully saturated in color but they are lively and bright too. Garnet is a symbol of friendship, love and devotion. Following that sentiment, we have a unique collection of symbolic past present and future designs with cushion cut, round, oval, princess or emerald cut garnets. We have some petite styles which are perfect for the lady who is looking for a smaller scale ring with approximately a 1 carat of gemstone. These include our GR-8038-WS and GR-8044-WS, oval garnet or rhodolite and white sapphire rings, our GR-8049 and GR-8053, our round rhodolite and pear shaped white sapphire rings, and our GR-8039, the princess cut garnet and princess cut white sapphire ring. If you're looking for a larger center stone, with a more prominent look, our cushion cut and emerald cut garnet rings are ideal for that comfortable, wearable every day ring. The cushion cut design, GR-8045 and GR-8051, features trillion side stones, another classic three stone look. The emerald cut rings, GR-8036 and GR-8011, have a single round diamond on each side with a beautiful rope design shank. The garnets in both of these designs are 2.7 carats, 8mm and 7x9mm, respectively. Garnet rates 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 on the Mohs scale of hardness.Enhancements: Cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone. Garnets are not known to have any other method of enhancement. The red, orange, and green colors, among others, of garnet are natural.Buying a Garnet: Red garnet is readily available in carat weights over 1 carat. Spessartite and tsavorite garnet are much more rare and sizes over 1 carat are important. Red, rhodolite and spessartite garnet are expected to be free of inclusions. Tsavorite, since it is so rare, is accepted with inclusions provided that they are not too obtrusive. Spessartite is most desirable in a bright orange color. Hues of brown and red in spessartite lessen the value of the stone. MyJewelrySource.com offers all of these garnet varieties and our gemstones are of very high quality and in desirable sizes.Garnet Care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your garnet jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water. |