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garnet - it's a family affair

assorted gems in the garnet group

red garnet nugget earrings

compositiona group of silicate minerals
name sourcefrom the Latin granatus, meaning "seed," because it can resemble pomegranate seeds
historical aliaseskarfunkel (German) referring to the glowing red sparks of a fire, "stone of travelers"
folkloric aliases"stone of health and commitment," "stone of health," "the passion stone"
color every color except blue
color sourcesee individual garnet family members listed in "some related minerals" above
significant sources(see individual varieties of garnet)
MOH scale7-7.5
care and treatmentClean in an ultrasonic cleaner or wash with warm, soapy water.