Gemstones - Garnet

green grossular garnet - glows orange under UV light
2.40ct Green Grossular Garnet from Africa. It glows bright pinkish orange under Ultraviolet light. A new find from Africa! (kjcl-15a-07) $2,880
3.05ct Deep Red Garnet from India, nice sparkle. Appears dark in the photo, but not nearly as dark as in the photo. Incandescent light should give it a more rich red color. Decades old. $210 including Shipping and Insurance.
2.21ct Oval Garnet from India. Poor photo. Couldn't capture the color or life. A darker gem, with what could be called a rose color. Gem is much nicer in person. $150 including Shipping and Insurance.
Another new variety of garnet from Madagascar and this might be the first to be shown online. A smaller less saturated gem was photographed by GIA for most likely Gems and Gemology back in early February 2014. The material will not be very large with most being about 1ct or under, and 2 plus carat pieces very far and few between and therefore sought after. Of the 4 pieces that were available, this was the largest, cleanest, most well faceted and the best color. This monster weighs in at 2.27ct. This material will color shift like many other garnets (as does Tourmaline, Sapphire, Spinel and many other gemstones). (xgxc-14a-01) $1,703
A - Ruby Red Garnet Matched Pair, 6mm round, approx 2.50cts total weight (then-05-01ap) $250
(We have large pairs or single rounds, as well as matched ovals and single ovals available - contact us for more info.)
Rounds include: 6.5mm, 7mm(pairs available), 7.5mm, 8mm(pairs available), 8.5mm, 9mm(pairs available)
B - Deep Ruby Red Garnet approximately 16x12mm Oval, German Cut (hv-05-04p) $750
(We have a total of 4 pieces available, all about 16x12 and weigh about 10cts each!)
Note that the saturation on these African Ruby Red Garnets is dark. From a few feet away, they may look almost black, but under incandescent light, they sparkle and appear to be Ruby, with that rich red. They react the same way as Ruby does - they look better under incandescent light; these garnets probably contain Chromium just like Ruby. We have seen similar Red Spinel from Burma - some are just too dark in any light, but some may appear dark but pop under incandescent lights. The photos above have been enhanced in an attempt to show the color. Some of the most difficult colors and their associated depth or saturation of color, have been in the red and these include Garnets, Spinel, Ruby and even Alexandrite. The photos/camera cannot capture what the human eye actually sees.
An Unheard of Rarity - 2.71ct Bicolor Demantoid Garnet
This is certainly a one of a kind piece and has been certed as a Demantoid - how often does one see a bicolor in Demantoid Garnet? A few small inclusions as one can see, but doesn't affect the rarity and uniqueness of this particular gem! The GIA Cert has a decent photo of this gem in the cert below. This One-Of-A-Kind piece was discussed at length in the GIA GemLab among the 3 who work there. They all agreed that it was an Andradite, but the Species was not listed as Demantoid because Demantoid is green; the other half is a reddish and that would not be called Demantoid. In a telephone conversation between the Manager of the GemLab Identification Services and the owner of All That Glitters, (Mr. Brown), Mr. Brown was told that they thought it very unique and something that they really hadn't seen before. The manager also stated that they do not print anything like "rare", "one of a kind" , "unique", etc. on certs, even though that might be the case. He was nice enough to indicate to Mr. Brown, that he would be more than welcome to discuss this 'unique' piece with a potential customer. Contact us for more details! (btgem-11-03) $10,840

(Prices for a regular Very Fine Green Demantoid of 1+ct are about the cost of this unique rare bicolor piece per carat on the market!)
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This gemstone was unique enough to capture the attention outside of the U.S. and now appears online in the following article:
3.59ct Yellowish Pyrope-Spessartine Garnet. The color is a yellow with a hint of orange. The color did not photograph well and is too golden in this photo. However, it is a unique color, lively, well cut, clean gem! This would most likely classify as a variety of Malaia Garnet, but with a very distinctly unusual color... (egaj-11-54) $1,077
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6.62ct Oval Garnet, dusty rose with red/purple highlights (kaek-06-52) $1,324
Update on Purple Garnet 2011 - We saw very little of this material, even less so than last year. We were shocked to see the wholesale prices of the few that we did see. For sizes less than what you will see below, they wanted $400/ct; a small pair was priced at $800. After realizing that there are new players in the world market for gemstones, this no longer surprised us. Prices are up on all the finer gem material and one-of-a-kind pieces. Even Burmese Rubies similar to what we have in inventory, were selling for about 50% to 350% more than our price. We did manage to find a few pieces of old inventory within two of our associates we have done business with before. They are nicely priced and you will see them below. We hate to see any of these sell because of rarity and replacement anywhere near what we are asking. Comments from customer purchasing the largest Purple Garnet we purchased last year (or have seen!): I just received my Purple Garnet the other day,and it is a knockout! It is truly a very impressive stone. Beautiful color,large size,a real treasure to behold. This is my first order with Allen,and i am very impressed. Not only with the stone. Allen is more than just a professional in his trade. He is a real pleasure to talk to. A real down to earth guy. And very helpful too. If you are thinking about ordering from Allen,i highly recommend that you do. You will not be disappointed! Thanks again! JF (02/16/11)
Purple Garnet Info from 2010 - Grape Juice Colored Garnet - We had seen ONE piece of rough in (2009) that would cut an Amethyst colored Garnet. We were very impressed with the color and saddened that we had not purchased the rough before someone else did. Though our knowledge in the gem trade is extensive, there are others who sometimes find these uncommon pieces before we do. We were fortunate to find a few fine faceted specimens of this unique garnet color and cherry picked among those available to offer the several pieces shown below. This is a color that we have not seen in 30 years in the gemstone trade, so as is our goal, we had to have this rare and unique color in our inventory. Sometimes smaller material is seen, but nothing in such a large, well cut, glowing purple color as this. (We are currently offering this under the price per carat that the cutter mentioned above sold his at - and his finished gemstone was smaller than many of the pieces photographed below.) We also contacted GIA about this material, and our contact there had the following to say - "The purple garnet is particularly interesting" . Before publishing an article on the material, they wanted to see a larger quantity of this material on the market and specifically learn of the location, production and mining first. As the owner of All That Glitters then emailed back - should there be quantity, it would cease to be of interest to us. We wouldn't expect this to be a large find of this unusual color. It is anticipated that one may see a few pieces here and there. The price could sky rocket at any time if this is all that is out there. Our intriquing Purple Garnets were found in Tanzania and are believed to be Rhodolite from what we were told.. As was stated to GIA by All That Glitters, this is something that has to be studied because the garnet groups are very complex and many may contain elements of more than one particular garnet group.
A - 3.09ct Purple Garnet (vlcl-11-01) Approx 9.0x7.8x5.2mm $1,236
B - 3.76ct Purple Garnet (vlcl-11-03) Approx 10.1x7.9x5.0mm $1,500
Have re-examined these and a color shift/change can be observed. Lights and wavelength are everything in color. In diffused daylight, we see a marvelous magenta color with some grape highlights. With incandescent, it is still magenta but leaning to more reddish magenta. Under our Brinkman fluorescent light (this device has both an incandescent light and fluorescent light that we use for color changing gems, as it really will show off Alexandrite at the best possibly color change for an individual gem), one certainly sees purple. There are many possibly colors for these gemstones depending on available wavelengths and lighting conditions.
A - 4.13cts total weight matched pair of Purple Garnet. Incredible color, cutting, polish and hard to find shape!
(leogem-11-02p) Approximately 7.8mm $1,652 (shot under office fluorescent light with white paper to disperse light) We took this pair to a well know Graduate Gemologist (GIA) Appraiser outside of Boston for his opinion of the color. Using GIAs special system of color grading (GIA GemSet), he estimate of the color was rP 4/4, which means reddish Purple, Saturation and Tone of 4. To translate this even further, Medium LIght Moderately Strong Reddish Purple. The main color is Purple, with a modifier depending on the lighting that is used - the red component is lessened under fluorescent lights making it look more purple. He also noted that this color is not common and is highly sought. Note the other slightly larger pair is approximately the same color, but this photo used paper to disperse the light and the brilliance is not available unlike the larger pair described below that used a ring light allowing the sparkle.
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B - 4.68cts total weight matched pair Purple Garnet Incredible color, cutting, polish and hard to find shape!
(leogem-11-01p ) Approximately 8mm $1,638 (shot under office fluorescent light using a fluorescent light ring which shows more sparkle)
5.20cts total weight matche pair of Purple Garnet $2,080 (vlcl-11-02p )
Two of the above pieces have been sold as a pair. The remaining Malaia weighs 2.34cts and is priced at $450/ct. Nicely faceted, good color and clarity. (eagt-95c-01p)
1.12ct Imperial Garnet with expected flat inclusions, body color, dichroic look, etc.
Measures: 6.96x4.97x3.44mm (gemshp-09-01) $400
This is what we call a calibrated gemstone and can easily be set into any ring that would take a 7x5mm emerald cut gemstone.
A parcel of various shades of Rhodolite Garnet originating from East Africa. Average weight is 2.25cts - your choice at $300 each (eagt-90b-03)
A nice medium Rose Pink Rhodolite from Africa, weighing 4.00cts. (eagt-90a-06) $400
Two Fancy Imperial Garnets from Africa. We are not sure what to call this material, as garnets can be comprised of many different elements and may not fall exactly into one garnet group. Many have characteristics of a few groups. There is some color shifting seen under different lights and the pear shape seems to show some red on the ends, like a dichroic gemstone, but garnet is not dichroic, so this is an interesting unique feature.. Whatever garnet group this belongs to, it is unique and we only have two to offer. The two photos above were with slightly different light sources. Under fluorescent lights, we believe that we could call the body color a medium orange with maybe some yellow. However one wants to describe them, we think that most people would say - Beautiful...
1.55ct Oval (minco-08-02a)
2.79ct Pear/Shield (minco-08-02B)
Two Imperial Garnets from Africa photographed under different lighting conditions. In the top photo, the oval had to be modified to show more of the real color. We would call the body color a dusty rose or beige color under fluoresecent and under incandescent light, the color turns to more of a pink . This is what we have seen in the past when we have had similar material. Note that this material is not common and can be quite costly. Larger pieces cost more and have the likelihood of having more black platelets. We choose these two pieces from maybe 10 or so pieces. They were chosen for not only color, but for cutting and clarity. They are eye clean and in louping them, we don' recall seeing any black platelets, but if they are hard to find and are there, it indidates natural origin and perhaps even the location from where they were found.
1.95ct Cushion (cf-08-01) $450/ct
2.28ct Oval (cf-08-02) SOLD!
Large 7.80ct faceted Pentagon Star shaped Ruby Red Garnet from Africa. Faceted by our Master Facetor, Stephen Kotlowski; photo taken by Stephen after completion. Difficult to photograph the brilliance or the color. Under most lights, one see a deep ruby red with sparkle and brilliance. May contain Chromium! 11.33x11.33x8.62mm (hv-05-04b) $1,560
5.82 Rhodolite Garnet - large and a wonderful example. Approx Dimensions: 11.2x9.3x5.7mm (ravi-xx) $1,600
A - Oval 8.43ct Grossular Garnet (wsm-07-01a) $1475
B - 10.64ct Cushion shaped Grossular Garnet (wsm-07-01b) $1,862
Large Grossular Garnets from Sri Lanka. Deposit was back a few years ago and was mined out. Unique material. There are some inclusions in this material, which is to be expected, but nothing that would be detrimental

Chrome(?) Garnet - Ruby Color!

A - Chrome-like Garnet Mod Square, 2.40ct approx 8.5x7.0x4.3mm $240
B - Chrome-like Garnet Oval, 1.62ct approx 8.1x6.1x4.3mm $162
Chrome-like Garnet
A new find of garnet that contains Chromium, just as Ruby does. This is simlar to the Chrome Pyrope from Arizona, called Anthill Garnet. Under fluorescent lights, the stone is not vibrant and has a slightly orangy overtone, but when under incandescent lights - the Glowing Ruby Red is evident. This material rarely is found in large sizes like this. The norm is about 4mm - this one is just under 8mm and it is U.S. Cut.
2.30ct Chrome (?) Garnet - Modified ATG Elegante Cut U.S. faceted and a new off-shoot of the Elegante cut, faceted on the fly. Note that you can see the reflection of the tweezers on the highly polished surface of this gem. There is an inclusion on the underneath of the stone that can be seen when flipped over, but it doesn't seem to be noticeable from the top looking down. (hv-05-04b) 8.8x5.0x5.7mm $230
Orangy Trilliant Garnet, 1.11ct livlier than the photo shows $50
A - 2.66ct Hessonite Garnet Oval from Madagascar Incredible color and clarity! (aw-03-04) $865
B - 2.36ct Round Garnet, Garnet Group unknown, possibly Rhodolite, U.S. Cut - $236 (mjthre-96-06d))
5.90ct Rhodolite Garnet of a wonderful deep raspberry color and cut; faceted in the U.S. The BEST Color! (mjthre-96-02a) $1,770
A - 3.48ct Rhodolite Garnet (East Africa) - $348
B - 7.72ct Malaia Garnet (Africa), modified pear shape, U.S. Faceted - $1158 (mm-00-01a)
A - 0.88ct Pear Shaped Orangy Garnet from Brasil (601-20c-2) $50
B - 3.10ct Freeform Rhodolite Garnet, East Africa (eagt-90a-13) $217
A - 3.36ct Oval Peachy Pink Rhodolite Garnet, East Africa (eagt-90a-13) $235
B - 3.47ct Cushion Cut Rhodolite Garnet, East Africa (eagt-90a-13) $347

Garnets and Unsual Ones at That!.....
Mali Garnets - Large, Rare and Very Collectable!

Look! Nicely Colored Mali Garnets in larger sizes!!!!.... Not under 1ct, not under 1.5cts, not under 2.0cts, but over 2.0cts! Yes, unheard of.........

The dispersion (fire) is evident under the right lights. Due to the color, dispersion, size, etc. most of the trade would not recognize these are garnets! Note that the color is best described as Yellow with Green or Greenish Yellow. Note that there is no brown, black or orange in the stones - the camera can pick up different colors at times which the eye does not see..... This material is even more rare now as the rough is not being found.

A - 1.04ct Portuguese Round Super Deep Yellow Mali (jadgal-04-02) $520
B - 1.63ct Oval Yellow Mali Garnet (jadgal-04-04) $896
C - 1.66ct Fancy Cushion Yellow Mali Garnet (jadgal-04-03) $913
Note: In B, the 1.63ct Oval, the camera is picking up other colors, but the body color is an even yellow. Also note that under the righ lights, this material shows wondeful dispersions, so green, red, orange flashes may be seen. How many people know that garnet comes in Yellow????
A - 1.84ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01f) $920
B - 1.97ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01b) $985
C - 2.08ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01c) $1040
D - 2.22ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04a-01a) $1100
A - 2.57ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01e) $1285
B - 2.58ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01d) $1290
C - 2.08ct Oval Mali Garnet (chapr-04a-01b) $1040
A - 2.00ct Mali Garnet (chapr-04-06) $1000
B - 2.09ct Mali Garnet (chapr-04b-01a) $1045
1.41ct Yellow Garnet
This gem hails from Mali where this color usually originates. Much of this material belongs to the Andradite Garnet group and shows lots of fiire and dispersion. This is a decent sized gem for this material, is a nice yellow with no brown, sparkles nicely and does have a few inclusions which is also typical of this material. (coldia-06-01) $282 Priced to Move!

Visit our other Garnet Inventory Pages to view more photos of the Garnet Group:
Miscellaneous Garnets - not displayed on the pages below
Color Change/Color Shifting Garnet
Spessartite (Orange) Garnet
Demantoid (Green Andradite) Garnet
Tsavorite (Green Grossular) Garnet
Imperial, Imperial Malaya, Champagne or similar

Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to photograph gemstones.  Some inclusions may be visible under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as if you were using a loupe - not your unaided eye.  Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be visible.

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