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In the Loupe

Welcome to “In the Loupe”! It’s January. While it may be dark and dismal outside I have a bit of color to brighten up your life. Many of you know that the birthstone for January is Garnet. What you may not know is that, with the exception of blue, garnet comes in every color of the rainbow.

Garnet is actually a large family of gemstones that consists of many different types. "Garnet" is an all encompassing name given to this group of chemically and physically similar minerals.

When you consider that they have names like grossularite, uvarovite, and demantoid...just to name a few, you can see why the easier thing to do is just to call it “garnet”. When I became a gemologist, I had to learn the different properties for each type of garnet and how to tell them apart.

The reason for all this nomenclature is primarily to distinguish color. While red (pyrope/almandite) is the most common and affordable, there are many different variations of red. There are also vibrant oranges (spessartite), intense greens (tsavorite), and even color change varieties.

After working with gems for over thirty years, the thing that still fascinates me the most about garnets is that they are completely untreated. With all of the treatments that are out there to enhance or alter gemstones, garnets are untouched. Their beauty is absolutely natural. In the world of jewelry and gemstones this is exceedingly rare.

Dark red...think again! Even though garnets may have funny names, their beauty is no joke. With all of the varieties available, January is one of the most colorful months of the year!

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Kathi Villarreal
Manager
GG-GIA, CG-AGS
kathi@plumbgoldltd.com

Kathi Villarreal