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The Garnet

{written by : Olivia Hoff}

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Article active date : 2011-10-25 -- Article views : 10701

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Garnets as gemstones have an ancient history. The Old Testament cites garnet as one of the stones in Aaron's breastplate. In modern times, garnets have many uses in industry, as abrasives,in petroleum refining, and in airplane manufacturing.

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Garnet is the ideal gemstone. It is plentiful, durable, attractive, and reasonable in price. Widely known as the red birthstone for January, garnet can be found in any color including the recently discovered blue. Clarity, color, cut and size can make the ubiquitous garnet a fine stone for jewelry or as a mineral specimen.

What is not as widely known is the fact that garnet is an industrial mineral with scores of uses as far reaching as petroleum refining to airplane manufacture. Garnet makes a good filtration medium that can be reused and is nontoxic and nonreactive. It also produces very little dust and is considered eco-friendly. The first industrial use of garnet was as an abrasive. Garnet sandpaper is still manufactured in the US. Industrial uses of garnet far outweigh its importance as a gem, and the US uses sixteen percent of the world"s production.

The Bohemians in what is now the Czech Republic were masters of the use garnets to great artistic advantage by placing the fiery bright red stones tightly together to form pictures frames, religious objects and jewelry. The garnets were used to decorate the interiors of churches and castles Bohemian garnets were popular during the Victorian era, and long before that. Garnet beads were found in a grave that dates back to 3000 BC.

The word garnet is from the Latin "garanatus" which means seed-like and is in reference to pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate was a symbol of fertility. Folklore and legend surround the garnet . Noah was said to have lit the Ark with a glowing garnet. The Hebrews listed the garnet as one of the twelve stones in Aaron"s breastplate, and Christians said that it represented Christ"s blood sacrifice. In Muslim tradition the garnet illuminates the fourth heaven.

The term garnet refers to several related silicate minerals: almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvavorite. Many intermediate species are also found.

Garnet is known as the stone of friendship and love.

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I grew up around gem and mineral enthusiasts, otherwise known as rockhounds. I deal in minerals, crystals, and stones for jewelry makers. My other interests are literature, music, science, nature, gardening, art,ethnic culture, history, cats, collies, and horses. I write web articles, confessions, poetry, short fiction, and blog posts, sometime under the pseudonym Synnove Helgerud, which is my avatar's name in the virtual world Second Life. My rock shop website is here

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