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Mineralogy of Uvarovite Garnet
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Fe32+ AL 3 [SiO4 ] 3 iron aluminum silicate
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Dodecahedral, trapezohedral
Fracture: Conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Mostly none
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Garnets are found worldwide. The most important deposits are in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Additional deposits are located in Austria and the Czech Republic.
Mineral Family: Uvarovite 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), Grossular (various), Pyrope (red) and Spessartine (orange). Uvarovite is a green variety.
Formation: Garnets can be formed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Uvarovite 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
History of Uvarovite 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.
Ancient Vedic texts record the origin story of many gemstones, including Garnet. According to legend, long ago the demon, Vala, took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into gems. His toenails became Red Garnets!
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.
According to the medieval European lapidary, The Book of Seals, “a Garnet with the image of a lion engraved thereon (is used) to protect and preserve the honors and health of the wearer.” As early as 1391, Garnet was listed as a cure for inflammatory diseases and, in a departure from ancient thought, Garnet was said to cool anger. Garnet was also a popular antidote for poisons, either worn as jewelry or powdered and taken internally. It was thought to prevent overindulgence and to encourage humility and bring peace. Chavealier Jean de Mandeville’s 14th century Lapidaire stated: “They give courage to the heart, they chase away sadness and bring joy.” While the Book of Dreams states, “[Garnet] brings sleep to the sleepless, drives away the plague and evil spirits and attracts to its possessor riches, glory, honor and great wisdom, and to crown all, constancy with fidelity to all obligations.”
In medieval Indonesia, the ruler of the island of Albon was supposedly given a magical Garnet. According to legend, when the ruler was just a child his mother left him in a hammock stretched between two trees. A serpent slithered near the child and dropped a stone onto the prince’s body. When the parents realized what had happened, they correctly realized the serpent had given their child a wonderful gift, and in gratitude fed and cared for the serpent. The stone glowed golden-red and could light a room at night.
Healing Properties of Uvarovite Garnet
Spiritual: Uvarovite Garnet teaches us how to be self-sufficient in all areas of our life. It can be used to help us become more successful in our careers and financial life, but also in our emotional and spiritual life. Uvarovite Garnet helps us to see our own strengths and gifts clearly, and to actively cultivate them. It inspires self-confidence and a calm strength, helping us to give and receive with equal amounts of grace and dignity. Uvarovite Garnet is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Uvarovite Garnet helps us to stand independently and take care of our own needs. It teaches us how to enjoy our own company and how to be alone without becoming lonely. Uvarovite Garnet can also help us to cultivate interdependent relationships, where each person gives and receives in equal measure. This is very different from dependent relationships where a person’s entire emotional health is wrapped up in another person. Uvarovite Garnet reveals that true love requires us to first love and care for ourselves, and from that place of strength and security, to love others passionately and generously.
Mental: Uvarovite Garnet encourages us to have good “mental hygiene,” and to only entertain and give energy to those thoughts and beliefs which serve us well. Uvarovite Garnet helps us to let go of shame, regret, jealousy, anger, and other negative emotions which can hold us back. Uvarovite Garnet can assist us in developing a peaceful mind and an unshakable belief in our own ability to create a happy life for ourselves.
Physical: Uvarovite Garnet has been used by metaphysical healers to strengthen and heal the physical heart. It is also said to be good for fortifying the immune system and for reducing fevers and inflammation. It is also believed to speed up the healing process for both internal and external wounds.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Uvarovite 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 short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Uvarovite Garnet was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Uvarovite Garnet was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
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I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Uvarovite Garnet Tumbled Stone
Color: Green with darker green spots. 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 Uvarovite Garnet
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