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Pyrope Garnet Gemstone

Pyrope   from the Latin “pyropos”, meaning  “fire”, is normally red in colour. Its tones usually vary from deep red to almost black, although  when  found  in  a  violet-red  shade  it  is  better  known  as  Rhodolite  Garnet  (taken  from  the Greek meaning for a rose).

In  1990,  a  Blue  Garnet  was  discovered  in  Madagascar  and  this  has  been  identified  as  a cross between a Pyrope and a Spessartine Garnet. This  new  find  is  important  for  two  reasons:  firstly, it is amongst the first Blue Garnets to be discovered (it used to be said that Garnets come in all colours except blue); and secondly because  it is a colour change gemstone.

One Pyrope, found in Arizona, is not mined by humans, but is said to be brought to the Earth’s surface by ants! If you ever come across the term “ant hill Garnet”, you now know the origin.

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