Garnet

buyers guide

History

Several of the Garnets can be traced back to over 500 years ago – e.g. Pyrope. The Garnet was popular in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and what  is now Czechoslovakia.

The Greeks in the middle of the 3rd Century B.C wore huge gold rings with garnets which were so large that they were larger than the finger of the wearer.

Garnets were used in the carved gemstones which were popular during the Roman period.

In the 18th Century Garnets were put on simple hoops and worn as rings and in Victorian times, Garnets were to be found on brooches and bracelets set in filigree.

Demantoid was first discovered in Russia in 1851.

The newest Garnet is Tsavorite which was discovered in the 1970s in Kenya.