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Garnet Gem Stone
The garnet gem stone is actually a family of
gems. They are related primarily by crystal habit, rather than chemical makeup.
The garnet gem stone has been used in a
necklace or other jewelry since before people were capable of recording history.
Today garnets are more popular than ever.
That's probably because of their affordability and color variety.
Garnet gem stones are available in many grand
colors. Just think of a western sunset.
Yellow, green, pink, violet, rose, bright
orange, orange-red, purple, blood red, deep red, and shades in between can all
be the color of garnets.
Garnet is the January birthstone, so these
folks have many colors to choose from.
These gems have other fine qualities that
make them great jewelry stones. They are relatively hard... and tough.
This means a garnet wears well in a
ring. These qualities aren't as important in an earring, but garnets are very
popular in earrings.
Oh, did I mention that garnets cannot be
color enhanced. The color you see is what nature provided. I'm aware that this
is important to some, while others aren't concerned about enhancement. Both
views have some validity.
Now let's get almost technical...
Most gem stones
have the same primary chemical composition, with just a trace of another
The example we've used before is sapphire /
ruby. They are the same gem stone except ruby has a little chromium to give it
the red color, and sapphire has iron or another element to give it all the
colors that sapphire comes in.
Garnet gem stones commonly grow in a
twelve sided crystal shape, making them almost round.
This common crystal shape is called a
rhombic dodecahedron (welcome to physics class).
A discussion of the variations in
chemical makeup gets very involved and doesn't lend itself to light
gemstone reading entertainment.
The Las Vegas shows are growing... in number, size, and
It all started with one show. A large showing of finished
jewelry and related goods for retail jewelers.
Over the last several years other gem and jewelry shows
have been started. There are shows for antique jewelry and watches, colored
stones, and beads. All are restricted to members of the gem and jewelry trades.
There are now seven shows held each year around the end of
May, and the first few days of June.
We'll be there, mostly to visit with the exhibitors and
guests we know, and the ones we'll meet for the first time. It's always fun!.
How were your Mother's Day sales?
Now is the time to concentrate on sales
for birthdays and anniversaries. There's always a market when you're selling
Next thing you know you'll be looking ahead to
the holiday season by planning sales parties and building up inventory.