Garnet is compromised of a group of minerals with an identical structure, not one single element. Garnet minerals are mixable to the extent that stones consisting of only one pure garnet mineral are rare. It's mainly found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the US and Tanzania.
The name is derived from the Latin word ‘granatum’ (pomegranate). Garnet crystals were said to resemble the red seeds of the fruit. When used alone, the word 'garnet' normally refers to a red garnet.
Cutting and polishing only.
Garnets are most commonly red, but can also be other colours, excluding blue. Pandora uses predominantly red (garnet) to red-purple (rhodolite) variations.
Avoid rough handling and store separately to avoid scratches. Do not expose garnets to sudden changes in temperature. For further care information, please visit our care guide.
Garnet has a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale and fair to good toughness. This makes it relatively durable, although it is prone to damage caused by thermal shock.