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Photograph of a group of five grossular garnets (G9663, G8582, G9836, G2246, and G9154) from the National Gem Collection
Photo by Chip Clark
GarnetWhat color comes to mind when you think of garnets? For most people, it's the dark red seen in jewelry. In fact, garnets have been found in all colors except blue. The garnet family includes 15 minerals with the same basic atomic arrangement for different compositions. The name garnet comes from the Latin word for pomegranate. Garnets were thought to resemble that fruit's seeds.
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|G2246||Grossular (Garnet family)||Sri Lanka||9.18 ct||More info »|
|G8582||Grossular (var. Tsavorite) (Garnet family)||Tanzania||29 ct||More info »|
|G9154||Grossular (Garnet family)||Canada||2.60 ct||More info »|
|G9663||Grossular (var. Tsavorite) (Garnet family)||Kenya/Tanzania||9.85 ct||More info »|
|G9836||Grossular (Garnet family)||Canada||8.87 ct||More info »|
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