What are rough garnets worth?

What are rough garnets worth?

Prices range from $500 a carat for good colors with some inclusions, to $2,000 to $7,000 for clean larger stones with top color.

Is Garnet rough or smooth?

Garnet Abrasives The first industrial use of garnet was as an abrasive. Garnet is a relatively hard mineral with a hardness that ranges between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs Scale.

What do garnets look like in the rough?

Rough garnet straight out of the ground looks brown, because the crystals are buried in rock. Besides the dark, rich red that is most common, garnets come in oranges, greens, yellows and warm earth tones. Rough garnet crystals have enough translucence to glow like they are lit from within but are opaque.

Is green garnet expensive?

The vivid green color is the most valuable and stones over 1 carat are very rare. Prices for Russian demantoid start at about $1,000 per carat. These rare garnets have been found in Kenya and Madagascar and prices range from about $500 to $1,000 per carat, depending on size, color and clarity.

Do garnets chip easily?

Furthermore, Garnets are not brittle, does not chip easily and as such are considered better candidates for jewelry that is in everyday use than Emeralds. Another very important property of some Garnets is their ability to appear in different hues in natural and artificial light.

How do you shine Raw garnet?

Use a high-grade aluminum oxide polish, about 1 tablespoon polish to 2-3 tablespoons of water, in a slurry. Add a small amount of vinegar to help stop scratches, though that’s seldom a problem. Apply the polish to the lap with a decent-quality watercolor paintbrush made for applying washes.

How can you tell if green garnet is real?

Garnets are known for their dense, saturated hues. Hence, a great way to distinguish a real gem from a fake one is to look at the color’s richness. If your stone is lighter, brighter, or more vivid, then it may be a fake.