Pyrope

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Hear the word "garnet," and what invariably comes to mind is the image of the deep red pyrope garnets belonging to the pyralspites family. Pyrope comes from the Greek word pyropos, meaning "fiery eyed." The rich reds are both affordable and beautiful, perfect for not only gemstone collections, but jewelry as well.

Pyrope Classification
Common Name Pyrope
Species Garnet
Pyrope Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Semitranslucent
Dispersion Strength: Moderate Fire Value: 0.022
Refractive Index 1.730-1.750
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Polariscope Reaction Singly Refractive (SR) With ADR
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism None
Pyrope Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 7-7.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 3.620-3.870 Range:0.09/-0.16 Typical:3.780
Toughness Varies
Inclusions Pyrope garnet is a type II clarity stone. Needle like inclusions and irregular, rounded crystals that can be apatite or zircon.
Luster Vitreous
Stability Good
Fracture Conchoidal
Cleavage None
Pyrope Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name magnesium aluminum silicate
Chemical Formula Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
Crystal System Cubic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Alternate Names

Chrome Pyrope, Bohemian Garnet (Not Recommended)

Countries of Origin

Tanzania, United Republic Of; United States of America (the); Czechia; Slovakia

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Species/Variety

Pyrope Garnet

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Pyrope Garnet Classification
Common Name Pyrope Garnet
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Author

Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewelry Television® (JTV), as well as a member of the company's Board of Directors. He oversees and leads all aspects of the company's powerful omni-digital retail platform that uniquely specializes in fine jewelry and gemstones. His passion for business and gemstones has led him to become a recognized expert in the field of gemology. He is a life member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and has earned Gem-A's highest degrees, the Gemmology (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) diplomas. He is also a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has also completed GIA's Graduate Diplomas in Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls. Under his leadership, JTV has become the leader in the sourcing and selling of color gemstones and jewelry.

This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.