This garnet was sold to me as an ordinary Rhodolite Garnet from Africa, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover its color-chaning properties. This Garnet shifts colors from a delicate purple-pink in natural light to a bold red-pink under incandescent light.
I cut this gemstone in a design with a checker crown and large reflector facets on the pavilion to maximize the flash of light returning to your eye. The design was written by Michiko Huynh.
The silky appearance of this Garnet is caused by a cloud of millions of miniscule rutile needles. Under most lights, this Garnet appears to softly glow.
Garnet is the name given to a group of mineral that can come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, green, white and shades of orange to red. Popular varieties are Rhodolite, Grossular, Imperial, and Spessartine The Garnet has a high refractive index, the same, or higher, than Sapphire. They are quite durable stones ranging on the Mohs Hardness Scale from 6.5 to 7.5, depending on the type of Garnet. They have also been given the privilege of being January's birthstone, though, these are more often portrayed as the blood red Pyrope.
2.30 carat Garnet Silky Color Shift
Cut: Checker Reflector
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe