Unusually, this family of around thirty different gems are linked by their crystal structure, but differ in their chemical composition. This means that the refractive index and hardness of each member of the family can differ. There are six Garnet species in total – Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartine, Andradite, Grossular and Uvarovite. These species have many sub varieties, each with their own characteristics.
There is an amazing array of varieties of Garnet to choose from, from the rich reds of Pyrope Garnet, to the vibrant oranges of Spessartine Garnet or the immense rarity of vibrant green Tsavorite Garnet, or the spectacularly dispersive Demantoid Garnet. With such a diverse gemstone, there is truly something to captive everyone.