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Choosing and Caring for your Garnet Gemstone

Things to consider when choosing your garnet

Choosing the perfect garnet will come down to your personal preference. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a garnet.

When opting for a larger sized variety, the colour and clarity are of utmost importance. The clarity will depend on the type of stone. There should be little to no inclusions visible to the naked eye as this will detract from the stone’s beauty. The only exception to this would be a Hessonite or Spessartine that has the coveted star shape inclusion called an asterism.

With smaller stones, it would be best to choose one that has been expertly cut to allow proper light refraction. This will result in a more lustrous and bright stone.

Due to their diminutive size, garnets are well-suited for delicate fine jewellery. They are not subjected to the strict classification standards of diamonds and are valued more for their colour than their clarity. Therefore, choose a colour that best appeals to you.

Cleaning and caring for your garnet

Custom made jewellery is created to last forever and with proper care and cleaning, your garnet will maintain its lustre indefinitely.
The safest way to clean a garnet is with a mild detergent diluted in warm water and a soft brush. Always remember to rinse it thoroughly after cleaning to ensure there isn’t a soap build-up. Air drying may leave unsightly marks so drying it with a soft cloth is recommended.

Ultrasonic cleaning is another safe cleaning method but is unnecessary and may damage the jewellery’s setting. It would be best to avoid extreme temperatures, and chemicals as it may affect the colour and durability of these gemstones.

Bespoke jewellery is a mark of precision craftsmanship and should be treated with the utmost of care. Garnets, like any other gemstone, should be stored properly to prevent damage. They should be stored in a cushioned jewellery box. We recommend that each piece is stored separately in its own compartment or in individual jewellery bags to prevent scratches.

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