- Pyrope garnet is now found mainly in South Africa, Brazil, Australia, the United States, Mexico and Myanmar.
- Almandine garnet is found in Sri Lanka, Mozambique, India, Brazil, Alaska and Greenland.
- Rhodolite garnet, which ranges in color from pink to purplish red and is the most popular, is mined in Africa, India, Sri Lanka and the United States.
Garnets have long been valued for their many properties. In early biblical writings they were known as ‘carbunculus’ meaning ‘little spark’, and that sums up its stunning beauty when polished and cut. There are several types of garnet, originating from different seams around the globe. As a result, they possess slightly different chemical compositions, and can found in a variety of colours, ranging from deep reds, purples, and greens to browns and blacks. As a general rule, however, the lighter the stone, the more valuable it is.