Story: Gemstones

Garnets

The common red garnets are an iron-rich form called almandine. Although almandines are common, local varieties are almost always too flawed to be used for jewellery.

Calcium-rich garnets found in New Zealand are a red form called hessonite, found in South Westland, and hydrogrossular, found on beaches such as Orepuki in Southland. Hydroglossular contains some water and polishes up well.

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Jocelyn Thornton, 'Gemstones - Other gemstones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/5125/garnets (accessed 17 December 2018)

Story by Jocelyn Thornton, published 12 Jun 2006