Garnet, Andradite

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Mineralogy of Andradite Garnet (in Matrix)

Andradonite / Topazolite, Garnet Hill Mine, California, USA

Rock Type: Metamorphic Rock (Marble)
Major Minerals: Andradite Garnet
Miner Minerals: Calcite, Quartz

Color: White and Orange-Brown
Gravity: 2.4-3.9
Hardness: 4-7
Luminescence: None
Texture: Porphyritic
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: Andradite Garnet deposits are found on every continent, including Antarctica.  Yellow/Brown Andradite, or Topazolite, have been found in Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the United States (Arizona, California).

Mineral Family: This particular stone is not a mineral, but rather a rock. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock!  In this case, it is a Marble, a white/grey metamorphic rock, with large Andradite Garnet inclusions.  Garnet is distinct Mineral Family and part of the larger Silicate Mineral Family. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Garnet. The Garnet Family has 9 main minerals in it, the most common of which is Almandine (dark red). Other varieties including Grossular (varied),  Spessartine (orange), and Uvarovite (green).  Andradite can be black (Melonite), green (Demantoid), yellow/brown (Topazolite).

Formation: Garnets can be found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.  Andradite Garnets are usually formed when Limestone, a sedimentary rock, is subjected to intense heat and pressure due to regional metamorphism.  This geological event caused the garnets to grow while the Limestone transforms into Marble. Andradite Garnets can also grow in igneous rocks.

Mining: Garnets may be mined in open pits or in secondary alluvial deposits. Garnets are mined for use as abrasives as well as for fine gemstones.

Enhancements: Lab created Garnets exist and are occasionally used in fine jewelry. Virtually all tumbled Garnets are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Yellow Garnet, Topazolite, Melanite (Black Andradite), Demantoid (green Andradite) Uralian Emerald (green Andradite), Garnet in Matrix

 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Andradite/Topazolite GarnetRegional Metamorphism

History of Andradite Garnet

Garnet has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Originally, the term “Garnet” was used for only the reddish varieties, Almandine and Pyrope, and did not include orange Spessartine, green Uvarovite or the various shades of Andradite or Grossular.  For most of history, Red Garnets, Rubies, and other glowing red stones such as Spinal and Tourmaline were thought to belong to the same mineral family, called “Carbuncle” –  a name which means “little spark.” It wasn’t until the 19th century that these stones were correctly divided into separate mineral families.

The name Garnet comes from the Latin words granum or granitus, meaning grain or seeds. These words in turn have an even older origin, coming from the Phonecian punica geranatum, meaning pomegranate seeds. The reference refers to more than just the glowing red color and common shape of Almandine and Pyrope Garnets. Interestingly, when found in matrix, Garnets often cluster much like pomegranate seeds do.

Garnet’s energy has always been considered particularly powerful. In Roman times, it was thought to bring out passion, even anger. The blood-like color of Red Garnet made it the obvious choice to represent Mars, the god of war. Centuries later, warriors from India would use Garnets as a projectile in guns, believing that a wound inflicted by the red stone would cause a more grievous injury than a mere bullet.  By contrast, Christians saw Garnets as a symbol of Christ’s suffering on the cross. While the Holy Qur’an describes the light of fourth level of Heaven as glowing like a Garnet. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, red Garnets were associated with red lotus flowers and believed to increase wealth and fertility.

José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva

Andradite Garnet was first described in 1868 from a deposit in Norway. The original Andradite was a dark brown/black gem.  It was named after José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva (1763–1838), a Brazilian geologist, poet, abolitionist, and one of the mentors for Brazilian independence.  During his career, he described several new minerals, including Petalite.

Andradite Garnet can be brown, brown-yellow, grey-green.  More rarely they can be bright green (Demantoid / Uralian Emerald), bright yellow (Topazolite) or black (Melanite).  When faceted for jewelry, Andradite Garnets have a greater color dispersion (glittery as rainbows) than diamonds!  High-quality Demantoid Garnet is the rarest member of the Garnet Family and commands high prices on the market.

Demantoid Garnet with fantastic color disparity

Photos: José Bonifácio de Andrade e SilvaRing

Healing Properties of Andradite Garnet

Spiritual: Andradite Garnet is a powerful talisman for spiritual warriors who seek Truth and Freedom and aren’t afraid to pay the price for that knowledge.  It ignites within us a fierce desire for self-realization and helps us to maintain our commitment to our spiritual path without becoming dogmatic.  Andradite Garnet has strong yin/masculine energies and increases our strength, stamina, and courage on all levels.  It encourages mysticism and an appreciation for nature, reality, and profound experiences of all sorts.  It cleanses the aura and expands psychic vision.  It is one of the very best stones to ground with during intense spiritual experiences, including shamanic work and astral travel.  Andradite Garnet is attuned to the Root (1st) Chakra and the astrological signs of Aries, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius.  It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 2 and 4

Emotional: Andradite Garnet urges us to become empowered in every aspect of our life.  It helps us to release feelings of shame, unworthiness or victimization.  Andradite Garnet is a comforting ally when we are feeling lonely or misunderstood.  It guides us to a place where we can feel emotionally free and peaceful, and dares us to love boldly and openly.  It also attracts the people and experiences which we need, even if we don’t necessary want them.  These energies are critical for our growth and in time we will be able to look back upon them with gratitude.  Andradite Garnet helps us to stay calm during hard times and to celebrate each victory as it comes.  It promises protection and that everything which happens is for our highest good.

Mental: Andradite Garnet encourages us to think on a grand scale.  It is a stone of new beginnings and freedom, shaking us out of whatever rut we are in, and challenging us to come alive intellectually and creatively.  Andradite Garnet helps us to let go of dogmatic thinking and be open to new information.  It offers tremendous support for anyone who yearns for both practical knowledge and esoteric understanding.  Andradit Garnet invites us to be more friendly to the present moment and to stay conscious to what is actually happening rather than allowing our mind to get lost in the past or future.

Physical: Andradite Garnet is a phenomenal stone for revitalizing the physical body.  It is most often used by metaphysical healers to help the body assimilate vitamins and treat associated disorders.  Andradite Garnet is believed to help improve the workings of the circulatory system and liver.  It is also said to help during addiction recovery, and specifically helps to ward off depression/anxiety associated with detoxing and lifestyle changes.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Ethically Sourced Andradite Garnet

 

The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.

 

 

The Mine

This Andradite Garnet is from a small mine in Tubussis Farm 22, Namibia. 

The mine has relatively safe conditions for workers.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Andradite Garnet was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business.  They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.

Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally.  They tend to get impatient with questions.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.

Andradite Tumbled Stone

Color: Orange-brown Garnet in a white matrix.   This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks. 

Safe Handling of Andradite Garnet

Reviews

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    Every time and Every stone arrives in a very timely fashion and Beautifully and Carefully packaged. I Definitely recommend this seller!
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    Beautiful crystal! I love the patterns of garnet crystals and how it feels in my hand! Shipped quickly and well packed! Thank you!

  3. Jennfier S. (Colorado)

    The garnet is really cool! I love how it feels in my hand, and the crystal patterns are really neat!

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