Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions (H x W x D)

5.1 x 6.3 x 4.5 cm


335 g

Description & Provenance

Garnets express a wide variety of colors, but red garnets are the most popular and well-known of the species. In fact, the word, “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word, “gernet,” meaning “dark red,” and is derived from the Latin word “granatus,” which means “grain or seed.” This is believed to be a reference to pomegranate seeds, which are encapsulated by vivid, red arils (seed covers that contain its famously bright-red juice). This is a sizable and beautiful example of the coveted mineral with sumptuous, deep, blood-red color, great luster, and lovely translucency. Its faces express a dramatic hoppered (stepped) habit, giving it an unusual texture composed of sharp, geometric patterns. Its luster serves to further accentuate its many faces and sharp forms. It’s not hard to see why garnets have been an object of fascination and desire throughout the ages, accruing a wealth of rich history, lore, and symbolism that goes as far back as the Bronze Age.

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