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You will receive 5 small pieces of tumbled Garnet. The sizes vary but range about the size of a small pinky fingernail (approx 3/8 inch or 8 to 10 mm).
The name garnet has been used since ancient times. It was derived from the Latin word granatium which means a pomegranate because small, red garnet crystals were thought to resemble pomegranate seeds. (fun factoid: The original name given this mineral group was granat. In time the "r" and "a" were transposed giving us garnet.)
A garnet tends to break into small pieces with sharp angular and uneven faces which is regarded as a characteristic feature of a good abrasive. Garnet, therefore, is valued as a natural abrasive.
There are 6 minerals which make up the garnet family: Grossularite, Pyrope, Almandine, Spessartite, Andradite, and Uvarovite.
After some researching, I have decided this garnet is Pyrope due to these characteristics which these stones match exactly:
COLOR: red to reddish purple and sometimes a deep enough red to appear black
TRANSPARENCY: crystals which are transparent to translucent
LOCALITIES: include Europe; Arizona and New Mexico, USA; South Africa and several Australian sites. (my grandparents found these in the mid-West)
WHEN YOU ORDER THE GARNET YOU WILL GET SEVERAL SMALL PIECES