Garnets are not a single mineral, but a term used to describe a group of closely related minerals. Garnets come in a variety of colors from red, to green, yellow, black, pink and orange. There are many different varieties, but the most important are Almandine, Spessartine, Pyrope, Uvarovite, Grossular and Andradite. They are some of the hardest minerals on the planet and are commonly used as both abrasives and as gemstones. Garnets have always made attractive gemstones and have their own respectable corner in the gem trade. Collectors shouldn’t overlook raw garnet associations as they make phenomenal display pieces and have significant aesthetic appeal.
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