2.60 Cts Rare Grape Garnet / Purple Garnet From Mozambique

Item Information

Dimensions (mm) 9.2 x 7.3 x 5mm
Weight (carats) 2.6 carats
No Treatment

Weight   . 2.60 Carats
Dimension   . 9.2 mm X 7.3 mm X 5 mm
Color          .  Purple Red
Origin         .  Mozambique
Shape        .  Oval Cut
Hardness   .  7.25

The “Grape” garnet is a mix of the pyrope and almandine garnets, and tend to display a color shift under different light sources. It is not unheard of to see these gems shift from a pleasant grape purple in colder (white) light to a bright pinkish red or magenta in warmer (incandescent) light.

Source:  This rare purple-red garnet is mined only in the Mozambique. Mining of the alluvial deposit is done by hand using small tools like picks and shovels.    

Clarity:  All Grape Garnets are free of eye-visible inclusions.    

Lore & History:  Garnets in legend light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. This gem was carried by ancient travelers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the birthstone for January. The name Grape Garnet was derived from its intense purple-red color: it will remind you of the ruddy grape glow of a fine merlot wine. It was actually named at the breakfast table: Columbia Gem House’s President, Eric Braunwart, was pouring his daughter Alixandra’s favorite juice when he noticed a striking color resemblance to the new garnet he was trying to name.    

Toughness & Hardness:  Grape Garnet has a hardness of 7.25 on the Mohs scale and it is quite tough.   

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