Garnet, Natural, Smooth, Nuggets, Varied Sizes, One 8-10mm Strand

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 Garnet, Natural, Smooth, Nuggets, Varied Sizes, One 8-10mm Strand

This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long. 

10-8mm smooth nugget strands have 45 to 47 pieces.

Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition. The different species are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, hessonite, tsavorite, and more. 

Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, and colorless, with reddish shades most common. However, many lower quality garnet beads are dyed to deepen the red color and make the beads more evenly red.    

The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word meaning 'dark red', or seeds of a pomegranate. Today, different types of garnet are found across different parts of the globe. Garnet is found in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, India, Madagascar, US, as well as China and Kenya.

Garnet is the state gemstone of New York. 

Hardness 6 to 7.5

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, and polishing in China.