Idaho Garnet

Color:  Almandine/Pyrope garnet mix is a rich red/orange to reddish purple color

Gem Family:  Almandine/pyrope mix

Source:  Northern Idaho, USA

Clarity:  Bright & transparent.  Mostly free of inclusions.

Size Range:  melee to 2 carat

Shapes Available:  Rounds & ovals.

Enhancement:  100% natural. No treatments.

Lore & History:   Garnet is from alluvial deposits (river/glacier deposit, no host rock) that were discovered in the early 1880’s near Fernwood in Benewah County, Idaho, USA.  Alluvial deposits are found in the Emerald, Carpenter and Meadow Creeks. These deposits are the basis for the largest industrial garnet mine in the US and produces gem quality, as well. Almandine is the most common garnet found and most widely used variety for jewelry.

Toughness & Hardness:  6.5 – 8.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale.

Care & Cleaning: Garnet is very durable but try to avoid direct impact to the gemstone. Clean with warm water, detergent, and a soft brush. Idaho Garnet can be put in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.

Special Characteristics:  Folklore says that garnet’s powers include healing, strength and protection. It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow. In the early times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to insure that they meet again.