Garnet gemstones most commonly occur with reddish color, which explains their historical name, but garnet is also quite famed for its brilliant green varieties too. It is thought that 'granatum' was derived from the word 'pomegranate', due to the color of pomegranate seed coats, as well as the overall shape of pomegranate seeds. Another theory is that the word may have come from the Medieval Latin word 'granum', which refers to 'red dye'. When most people think of gemstones, they think of beautifully faceted sapphires or emerald-cut ruby gems rather than cabs, but many of the world's most famous gemstones are actually cut en cabochon. Cabochons are gemstones that are cut with flat bottoms and domed or convex tops.
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Many beautiful gems on the site. Love that you are actually shipped the gem that is shown in the photos. Also cool that they give a write up of each gem detailing hardness, characteristics, and best uses for mounting. Great site! Looking forward to seeing these gems in person.