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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
January's Birthstone is Garnet
Garnet isn't only a popular and gorgeous garnet used in jewelry. It also has a wide variety of practical uses. Garnet sand is an incredibly good abrasive used in sand-blasting, water jet cutting, water filtration, and in finishing bare wood for carpentry.

The word "garnet" comes from the 14th century Middle English gernet, which means "dark red". Most likely, this is a reference to the pomegranate (pomum granatum), who's bright red fruit is very close in color, size, and shape as red garnet. While the stone is most well-known for it's vivid, deep red color, garnet also comes in yellow, purple, green, orange, brown, black, blue, and even colorless.

Garnet can be found in the Bible and on every continent. Applications have included:
• Greek jewelry
• Antique Roman inlaid cloisonné
• Egyptian decoration

In the Middle Ages, garnet was believed to have properties of protection, healing, and strength. It was also thought to protect travelers in their journey, soothe skin inflammations, help prevent depression, and regulate blood flow issues.

To keep you garnet jewelry in pristine condition, clean it with a dry, soft cloth. Like with any gemstone, take special care to protect garnet from sharp blows, scratches, harsh chemicals, and extreme temperatures. Bring your garnet jewelry into one of the Chavez Fine Jewelers locations and we'd be glad to give you pointers on cleaning and storage.

Garnet Jewelry Care


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