Garnets are the birthstone of January born people. The fiery red color of Garnet makes it a beautiful as well as versatile stone when it comes to jewelry. Garnet jewelry is loved and admired by everyone because of the gorgeous grace and irresistible charm. Most of the times, red garnets are mistaken as Rubies, but both the gemstones have their own charm and properties. Garnets come in many different hues, but red garnets are the most popular. Garnet jewelry is loved by people of every fashion sense and class. Women of all age fall for the exquisite beauty of Garnet rings, Garnet pendants and Garnet earrings.
Facts about Garnet:
Garnets are available all over the world but the valuable ones come from the Ural Mountains. Garnets from Arizona and areas of Southern Africa are also admired by gemstone jewelry lovers. Indian and Sri Lankan Garnets are also beautiful and look great in handmade jewelry. History is evident that the use of Garnet in jewelry is since more than 5,000 years. Because of the deep red color, people associate Garnet jewelry with love and compassion. People also have belief that if a lover presents garnet ring to his or her lover, it enhances their romance. Influence of Garnet jewelry over fame, achievement and creativeness makes many people wear Garnet pendants and Garnet rings.
Most of the Garnet used in jewelry is hard and its hardness on Moh’s scale can be between 6 1/2 - 7 1/2, this makes it an easy to handle gemstone. Most of the Garnet jewelry in Gold or Sterling silver can be cleaned at home with simple steps.
Care of Garnet:
Because of its hardness, Garnet jewelry is considered as best for everyday use. But one must avoid exposing their Garnet jewelry to extreme temperatures that too suddenly. Also make sure to keep it away from chemicals. Cleaning and taking care of Garnet is really simple and you can clean your Garnet jewelry even at home without many hassles.
For cleaning your Garnet pendants, Garnet rings or garnet earrings, all you have to do is use warm water. You can wash off the deposits of dirt with the help of a soft brush, but make sure to handle it with care and keep the brush gentle on the surface of the stone.
You can use a mild dish wash soap to clean your Garnet jewelry. You can also clean your Garnet jewelry in an at-home ultrasonic unit, but with proper care and caution. Dry your garnet jewelry with a cotton cloth and store it in a dry place and separate from pother jewelry.
You should always remove your Garnet jewelry before doing any vigorous task like gardening or even going inside a swimming pool. Keep your Garnet jewelry, especially garnet earrings and Garnet pendants away from perfumes and other cosmetics. The chemicals present in the cosmetics can harm the stone.
Before leaving for any occasion or your office, make sure to wear your Garnet jewelry in the end. By doing this you will automatically keep the beautiful and classy garnet jewelry away from chemicals and cosmetics. Make sure to keep the Garnet jewelry wrapped in cotton because the surface of the jewelry can get damages like scratches.