Deep blood red
Arizona, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar
(Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania. Often found in
the presence of diamond bearing rock (kimberlite).
Pyrope garnet is the reddest of all garnets. Red garnet is
the birthstone for January. Pyrope has been confused with
ruby, due to its' fiery red color. The name pyrope is derived
from "pyropos" meaning fire-like or fiery-eyed.
In the trade, pyrope may be referred to as Bohemian garnet,
from its historical source Czechoslovakia.
Anthill Garnet: A very special Sub variety
of Pyrope garnet is the beautiful small pyrope garnets found
in Arizona which are called anthill garnets because they are
mined by ants, who carry them up when they are excavating
their anthills. Pyrope garnets are often associated with diamond
deposits. It was the vast amounts of alluvial pyropes in the
Czech Republic that lead to the discovery of diamonds in Russia.