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Different Types of Garnet Gemstone

The garnet and Hessonite stones are identical or same gemstone. Due to different names of Hessonite gemstone sometime people in confusion, wonder that these are two different gemstones. However, in reality Hessonite gemstone is also termed as Hessonite gemstone. The garnet is not a single stone; in fact, it is family of stones encompassing different gemstones.

On the basis of the above information we can deduce that the number of gemstones that belong to the garnet family must have the similar crystal structure and chemical composition. Nonetheless, due to the presence of different quantity or level of chemical properties of the stone; the garnet stone can be categorized or classified into different types.

As per gemologist, there are six different types of garnet gemstone that are listed below:

  • Pyrope
  • Almandine,
  • Spessartite,
  • Grossular
  • Andradite
  • Uvarovite

The different types of garnet stones are being composed due to the presence of three major materials aluminum, silicate and chromium. The color of a particular Hessonite or garnet gemstone is being dependent on the traces of aluminum in the stone.

Prop: the pyrope garnet gemstone is a red color gemstone which has derived its red color due to the presence of magnesium in the stone. The gemstone pyrope looks similar to pomegranate seed and to ruby gemstone.  This gemstone is extremely popular among gem lover due to its angelic red color. The pyrope garnet is found in places such as China, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA.

Almandine:

The almandine garnet gemstone is similar to pyrope garnet gemstone because it also appears red. Unlike the pyrope stone that appears red due to the presence of magnesium despite that almandine garnet stone appears red due to the presence of major quantities of iron in the stone. The almandine stone is found in the places like India, Madagascar, Brazil, USA and  Sri Lanka.  Besides this, the Smaller deposits exist in the Czech Republic,  Sri Lanka.

Spessartite garnet gemstone:

The spessaritite garnet gemstone is yellowish and orange color gemstone which produces or appears yellowish or orange color due to the existence of magnesium in the stone. It is popularly being said about the color of garnet stone spessartite that the color which this stone reflects is actually because of the marriage between yellow sapphire and ruby gemstone.  The origin of spessartite garnet stone are Brazil, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA. The top quality spessartite garnet stone originates from Namibia.

Grossular Garnet Gemstone:

It is professed by the gemologist that grossular garnet stone is near or identical to pure garnet stone. The grossularite stone is constituted of aluminum and calcium which are incapable of producing any color. Nevertheless, the garnet stone produces different shades and different color varying from red, green, yellow and orange. The grossularite gemstone is spotted from these parts of the world Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, India, Tanzania and the USA..

Andradite Garnet Stone:

The andradite stone is indifferent from its contemporary varieties or types of garnet stone. The stone which is constituted of mineral iron majorly, most of the time produces red color. However, due to the presence of iron in different structures and parts of the stone, sometimes it emits diamond or yellowish color. The origins or source of andradite stone are: Russia, China, Korea, USA and Zaire

Uvarovite:

The uvarovite garnet gemstone is distinct from the earlier mentioned garnet stone. It was discovered in the year 1832 and appears green and it does not either belong to grossularite family or andradite family. The stone appears like emerald stone because it reflects only green color. The stone is found in various part of the world such as Canada, Finland, India, Poland, Russia and the USA.

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