Posted by Dakota Stones on 9/21/2020 to
Hydrogrossular garnet is an especially rare gemstone, and our newest stone type at Dakota Stones. Because this stone is shrouded in mystery, we wanted to shed some light on what makes them so rare and special.
These stones are sourced from New Zealand, and Africa, however its likely that hydrogrossular garnet can be found in most places garnets are sourced from. It's defined by a bright green color, and most commonly found with black inclusions. These inclusions are chromite, and the green color is caused by a reaction in the stone when the chrome is introduced to water.
The green coloring has likened the stone of jadeite in the past, and because its hardness has made the stone perfect for beads and cabochons, it has often been used as a substitute. Since the stone is so hard, it is perfect for sorting beads, as nearly all material cut from the raw form can be used. This is why many of our beads, especially our teardrops, appear so uniform.
Garnets can come in any color, and the same can be said of hydrogrossular garnet, though these stones are never fully translucent, so red and blue samples appear pink and powdery blue. The green variety can sometimes be called kiwi garnet, because of the black speckled inclusions scattered throughout the stone.