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Gemstone Crystal System Density Hardness Refractive index Treatments
Pyrope cubic 3.5 - 3.6 6½ - 7½ 1.73-1.76
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Pyrope Garnet

Color:
Deep blood red

Durability:
Extremely durable!

Locations:
Arizona, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania. Often found in the presence of diamond bearing rock (kimberlite).

Garnet Group


Almandite
Andradite
Grossular
Pyrope
Spessartite
Uvaravite

This gemstone is often confused with:

Ruby
Fire Opal
Tourmaline
Spinel
Fancy Sapphires
Zircon
Lab Garnets
Glass
Plastic

 


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Pyrope
Mg3Al2(SiO4)3

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.