Did you know the deep, warm red of the garnets gemstone helped illuminate Noah's Ark? It is said that Noah used a garnet lantern to help him guide his ark through the dark night. Garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster. Today, science has taught us that the garnet's proverbial luminosity comes from its high refractive index.
The garnet has a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, which means it's rather durable gemstone. The garnet group has more than ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition. Red is the color most often encountered, but the garnet also exists in various shades of green, a tender to intense yellow, a fiery orange and some fine earth-colored nuances.
At Ben Garelick Jewelers we have red garnet jewelry including garnet rings, garnet necklaces, garnet pendants and bracelets in sterling silver and white gold.