Which Garnet?

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistWhen garnet, the birthstone for January, is mentioned, most people are likely to think about a red gemstone. This reaction is only natural because the most popular garnet in jewelry is “pyrope,” which is always a shade of red. However, the gemstone family “garnet” is composed of more than ten different gemstones that display slight variations in color. Among the most desirable of these is the green variety of andradite garnet known as “demantoid.” Its name is derived from the Dutch word for “diamond” (“demant”) because its brilliance is greater than that of diamond. As far as color is concerned, at its best, its green hue rivals emerald. Those familiar with demantoid never think of garnet the same way again. Legend has it that garnets give their wearers guidance in the night and protection from nightmares. Our knowledgeable staff members offer guidance, friendly smiles, and professional advice to ensure our customers’ security in knowing that their investment in fine jewelry is wisely spent. Visit us at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center, and we will introduce you to the colorful world of garnets and other stunning gemstones, either in loose stones or gorgeous settings.See our outstanding selection of beautiful offerings at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636 or www.rogersjewelry.com


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