Idaho Garnet™ is hand-mined by Clearwater Mining Corporation and features a wine-red to orange-red color and a good play of light, making it an appealing choice for custom jewelry designs of all types. Garnet is the birthstone for January.
The deep red color or traditional garnet comes from iron and magnesium. Garnet exhibits few inclusions, and those that are present tend to be rounded, seedlike crystals with irregular edges. Garnets are actually a family of closely related stones. The most common color is red; but garnets are also found in green, orange, pink and blue.
Rio is proud to offer the American Mined™ Collection, a growing selection of gemstones sourced from mines located here in America. These gemstones consistently present the excellent color, clarity and quality we look for in every stone we offer you. Each of these gemstones allows us to provide a clear, documentable path from the mine to your bench; you and your customers can be confident that every one is mined, cut and processed under conditions that meet all standards for worker safety, environmental protection and responsible production.
Round-cut gemstones are highly popular and the most commonly available. Rio round gemstones are calibrated for size and hand inspected to ensure maximum attractiveness.
• Mined in America, this gemstone material is sent to China for cutting.
• This stone is suitable for firing in place in silver PMC3 using the schedule with the lowest-temperature settings.
• Red garnets are often almandine garnets but may also be pyrope garnets or a mixture of almandine and pyrope garnets. Both of these varieties of garnet are characterized by a rich red color. They are difficult to distinguish, and we do not attempt to separate them by type.
• Unless precisely calibrated to an exact size, gemstone sizes vary slightly. Rio allows a tolerance of +/– 0.1mm for gemstones 4mm and smaller.