1.) approx. size : 8mm 2.) Quantity: 15 beads 3.) approx. total weight : 16 grams = 80 carats 4.) This listing is for the exact stone shown in the photo. 5.) Color of gemstone may vary slightly from screen to screen.
~~~ Garnets are a group of common silicate minerals that have similar crystal structures and chemical compositions. Though the red-colored garnet receives the most recognition, the stone also appears in yellow, orange, green, pink, white and gray.
Garnets have been widely used for thousands of years. According to legend, Noah suspended a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark and steer it through the dark night. Garnets also are found in jewelry from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and have best been known as the warrior's stone. Soldiers carried garnet to ward off death and injury, and it also was used as a weapon against enemies by being shot out of a gun. The gemstone was set in shields, buckles and other items worn by Crusaders, and Italian widows commonly wore the gemstone in jewelry. Slices of garnet were also used as a mark of distinction in the windows of churches and temples. ~~~