Garnet, Grossular (Green)
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Mineralogy of Green Grossular Garnet
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Color: Grossular Garnet can appear in all colors, but is most famous for its green hues.
Crystal System: Cubic
Fracture: Conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Rare Yellow-white, very weak (long and short waves)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Garnets are found worldwide, but the most important deposits for Grossular Garnets are in Canada, Italy, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania and the United States (notably: California, Maine and Vermont)
Mineral Family: Grossular Garnet belongs to the Garnet Family, which is in turn a member of the 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 most common Garnet is Almandine (red). Other varieties including Andradite (black, green, yellow), Pyrope (red), Spessartine (orange) and Uvarovite (green). Grossular Garnet comes in a variety of shades including green, pink and red.
Formation: Garnets can be formed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Grossular Garnet is formed when sedimentary rocks with a high calcium content, such as Limestone, are subjected to intense heat and pressure due to regional metamorphism. New minerals are formed and the garnets grow as the rock changes into Marble or other metamorphic 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: Green Garnet, Grossularite Garnet, Carbuncle, Tsavorite, Hessonite, Cinnamon Stone, Viluite, Gooseberry Garnet, Romanzovite, South African Jade, Garnet Jade, Transvaal Jade, African Jade, Tellemarkite, Ernite, and Colophonite. In many metaphysical books it is called “Grossularite,” but this term may be considered inaccurate since Grossularite is a term for a metamorphosed rock, while Grossular Garnet is a mineral.
History of Grossular Garnet
Garnet has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. Originally, the term “Garnet” was only used for 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 granatum, 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. Red Garnet were described in many ancient lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that geologists and metaphysical writers viewed Grossular Garnet as a distinct mineral. The name Grossular comes from the botanical name for the gooseberry, or grossularia, which has the same yellow-green shade as the Grossular Garnets found in Siberia.
In the 1967 a new deposit of particularly fine Grossular Garnets were discovered by the Scottish-born, Kenyan geologist and prospector, Campbell R. Bridges (1937-2009). The original deposit of transparent, vivid green Garnets was found in north-eastern Tanzania. The Tanzanian government refused to provide Bridges with the necessary permits to mine and export the gemstones. However, the deposit was found to extend into the neighboring country of Kenya, which was more willing to allow mining. In 1974, Tiffany and Co. launched a large marketing campaign aimed at promoting the new gemstone, whose bright coloring made it a rival for Emerald. They named it Tsarovite, in honor of the Tsavo East National Park, a massive wildlife part in Kenya located near the Garnet mine.
Healing Properties of Green Grossular Garnet
Spiritual: Grossular Garnet is a powerful stone of abundance and manifestation, teaching us to be open to receiving the many bountiful gifts of the Universe. Such abundance can take the form of financial wealth, but can also come to us as an abundance of love and friendship, a plethora of positive opportunities, or the simple pleasure of being showered with spiritual gifts and a personal connection to the Divine. Grossular Garnet is a very joyful stone, showing us the incredible beauty of this world and reminding us how truly fortunate we are. It gives us courage and hope, helping us to see challenges as adventures and teaching us to move with both passion and serenity. Grossular Garnet encourages us to be more generous and to spread positive energy wherever we go. Grossular Garnet is attuned to the Root, Solar Plexus, and Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 6.
Emotional: Grossular Garnet guides us to a place where we can feel emotionally free and peaceful. It gives courage to our hearts and strips away inhibitions, and feelings of shame and unworthiness. It helps reduce anxiety, particularly when it is related to love or money scarcity, and reminds us that ultimately all of our needs will be provided for. Grossular Garnet is a profoundly sensible stone. It counsels us to follow a wise path, balancing our fiery passions with earthy common sense. This same balance can be applied to financial matters, helping us to earn, save and spend our money in a way that feels good. Grossular Garnet encourages us to be of service to other people, seeing it as an honor to help another, rather than a duty. It likewise inspires cooperation in groups and loyalty to good people and causes.
Mental: Grossular Garnet helps us to release old ideas, beliefs, and patterns, whenever they no longer accurately represent our level of knowledge or our actual lifestyle. 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. Grossular Garnet is a powerful crystal ally to carry during lawsuits and other legal challenges, and helps us to stay calm and focused on the facts, rather than being upset by turbulent emotions.
Physical: Grossular Garnet is a phenomenal stone for physical health, and is said to stimulate the metabolism and immune system, as well as fortifying the circulatory system. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to help the body regenerate cells after traumatic injuries or illness. Grossular Garnet is also said to fortify the kidneys and prevent rheumatism and arthritis.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Grossularite 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 the same country.
This Grossularite Garnet comes from a small Garnet mine, most likely in Brits, South Africa.
The mine would have been relatively low risk for miners.
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This Grossularite 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
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.
Green Grossularite Tumbled Stone
Color: Green. 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 Grossular Garnet
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