Happy New Year from Mia Ruby! We hope you have had a great start to the year. To keep your year on the happy track, here is some stuff you probably never knew about garnets.
The name garnet comes from the Latin word “garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to the seed of the pomegranate. Red garnets are common but there is also a rich palette of garnet colors including greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, purplish reds, and blues. The garnet has been a popular gem throughout history, with garnets found as beads in a necklace that dates back to 3000 B.C.
Many cultures ascribe special meaning and powers to garnet. It is considered to be a stone that increases commitment, honesty, hope, and faith. It it also believed to be a stone of positive thoughts which is said to dispel and relieve depression. So lots to be happy about there.
Garnet is also the birthstone for January. So if you are born this month (or know somebody who is that needs a pressie) check out our new range of beautiful Myanmar orange and purple-red garnets below. Earrings, pendants and rings in lush 18 karat yellow and white gold. If you like what you see then come take a closer look at the Yangon Collective Market @ Yangon Bake House this Saturday 21 January or contact us directly.
And for you budding gemologists out there, garnets are a set of closely related minerals that form a group of gemstones. All garnets have essentially the same crystal structure, but they vary in chemical composition. There are more than twenty garnet categories, called species, but only five are commercially important as gems. Many garnets are in fact chemical mixtures of two or more garnet species. Amazing.
See you Saturday!