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Garnet Gemstones, January Birthstone          

Garnet is the birth stone for the month of January and most jewelry lovers, choose red garnets for their garnet gem stone jewelry. There are few strong reasons for the popularity of red garnet gems. One interesting fact is that natural red gems have also been highly sought after. Rubies, red spinels and red garnets are good examples of red gem stones that have shown consistently high demand. Red garnet stones score high in terms of price points and related durability.

If you thought that the group of garnet gems had only red to offer, you will be surprised to know that this is not true. Garnets have continued to offer great color and glamour to the world of gems and jewelry. This gem stone can be found in two awesome green colors, one is green tsavorite garnets and green demantoid garnets. If you had to do a price comparison for these 3 types of garnet gems, red garnets would be the most affordable. This will be true even for sizes in the above three carat range. Demantoid garnets are rare and you should be happy if, you can find and buy a good demantoid garnet gem in the 1 carat size category. It is not exactly cheap but sizes beyond 1 carat are hard to find and carry extravagant price tags. The other green garnet namely, tsavorite garnet tells a similar story, small sizes are priced higher than red garnets and large sizes are rare and expensive.

An interesting color variation in this gem can be seen in hessonite garnets. These gems are not very popular but, few gem lovers who have seen them can resist the temptation to own one. Hessonite garnet gemstones are a yellowish brown color and the red color ting is not present in these garnet gem stones. It is a very interesting color tone if you were looking for a yellowish brown gem and needed a gem that was not opaque. When you choose a hessonite garnet gem, make sure that you do not get the very deep brown variety. These gems show a little yellowish brown shade and are saturated with brown.

In some cases you might find a slight purplish tint in red garnets, lift the gem against a light source and this will become clearer. Such gems are basically garnets but, are referred to as rhodolite garnets. You might see this purple shade in normal light conditions too and the gemstone color in this case, will be distinctly different from that of red garnets.

No discussion on garnet stones can conclude without mentioning the stunning orange to reddish orange spessartite garnet. This gem is sometimes called spessartine garnet too, do not be confused as both names refer to the same gem stone. The original find of spessartite garnets was in Namibia, the bright orange color of these gems excited both gem lovers and jewelry designers. As expected, prices of spessartite garnet were very high and most jewelry buyers could not afford them. As the Namibian mines were emptied by large gem mining operations, gem manufacturers turned to find other sources for this amazing garnet gem stone. Fortunately, large spessartite garnet gem stone reserves were found in Nigeria. This changed the demand and supply equation in favor of the buyer, prices dropped to sane levels. The same spessartite garnet is sometimes referred to as mandarin garnet, but this generally happens when the color is has a reddish shade. If you are getting a spessartite garnet gem, you should be willing to accept some inclusions in the gem. A truck full of spessartite rough can yield a handful of spessartite garnet gems that are eye clean and in the 2 to 3 carat (finished cut stones) weight range. So if you insist on getting a 2 carat or above spessartite garnet in eye clean quality, be prepared to splurge a large dollar bill on the gem stone.

Color gems are obviously treasured for their color. Gem manufacturers have worked hard to find ways in which the color and clarity of gem stones can be enhanced. While the gems and jewelry industry accepts many of these 'treated and enhanced' gems, there is no denying that gems that are left in their natural condition are highly respected. Keeping this in mind, we need to mention that garnets are untreated in any way. As of now, no treatment is given to garnets to increase their color saturation or clarity. This is surely something that will raise your opinion about this wonderful gem.

You now know that your January birth stone need not be only red in color, the various color shades of garnets are for you to choose. Directstones custom cuts all gems in all shapes and sizes, you can therefore request for the gem stone of your choice when you order from us. If you are wondering about budget considerations we can provide some indications regarding pricing. Red garnets and rhodolite garnet gems will be the most affordable. Assuming that you are not looking for the top of the line spessartite garnets, Nigerian spessartite garnet gems are priced a few steps higher than red and rhodolite garnet gems. Demantoid garnets will undoubtedly be on the highest step, especially if you were after Russian demantoid garnets. Tsavorite garnet would be a bit lower than demantoid garnet but once again, difference in qualities can bring up some surprises.

Now lets discuss something about the durability of garnets and other properties of the gemstone. When you talk about gem stone jewelry there are some simple precautions that you should always follow. Some gems require additional care and luckily garnets do not fall in that category. The hardness of most garnet gemstones is in the 7 to 7.5 range, almost all jewelry applications are therefore open for this stone. Clean your garnet jewelry in luke warm water with a very mild detergent. Thoroughly rinse the jewel after cleaning, this will take off any detergent or chemicals that cling on to the jewel. Most garnet gem stones show good color saturation, and the color is stable. You need now worry about color fading or change with normal wear and tear situations.

At Directstones, you can order just a single piece or as many pieces that you need. We handpick and custom cut just about every gem stone on this planet and garnets are just one of them. You can choose the size and shape of the gem and even request for a complete jewel to be custom made according to your requirements. Directstones is an online gem resource maintained by the Kaisilver and Kaijewels group, the leading online custom jewelry providers with a global reputation.

big garnet gem stone, loose gemstones garnets in all shapes and sizes


A large garnet gem stone, this trillion shaped red garnet gem has a very deep red color. The 12mm size of this garnet gemstone put this in the category of 'big' garnet stones. You should also know that garnets with a weight of around 5 carats are not very easily found, this gem weighs 5 carats. The color of this red garnet is a very deep red, it is not a bright red and such garnets have a loyal following of their own. Will make an awesome garnet gem stone pendant. You pay a price of just 75 U.S$ per piece for this trillion shaped garnet gem stone.

big garnet gemstone, marquise shaped large red garnet stone


A rare garnet gem stone, an amazing size of  15mm x 9mm.  This marquise shaped red garnet gem can be set in a large ring or made into an exquisite garnet gem stone pendant. The weight of this gemstone is 5 carats, which is proportional to the dimensions of the stone. The fact that every gemstone is custom cut means that you can choose, the shape, size and type of gem that you need. Even the smallest single piece orders are welcome, or request for as many pieces as you need. This garnet stone is priced at just 85 U.S$ for the piece.


Other red gem stones: Rubies are probably the most popular red gems used in jewelry. There was a time when all red gems were called rubies, the wrong identification was not restricted only to the common man, even kings and queens made such mistakes. Bixbite a variety of beryl is also another red gem, low availability has kept the gem in low profile. Red spinels can very often appear very similar to rubies, they are generally mined near the same mining pit as rubies too. Red andesine is another gorgeous red gemstone. The Chinese recently ruined the market for red andesine by flooding the markets with cheap bulk diffused 'red andesine' or 'red labradorite'. These diffused gems were infact yellow labradorite that cost no more than a dollar per carat. By keeping the diffusion process a secret, the Chinese claimed that the red labradorite was only 'heat treated' and sold the treated gem for 10 to 20 times more than what cheap yellow labradorite was going for. Among the opaque red gems, jade (mostly dyed today) and red jasper are some options.


Who Is Kaisilver?

Having established itself as the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, Kaisilver now extends it's merchandise line to include gems. While there is no shortage of gem stones in the global market, reliable sources for the retail buyer requirements are not many. Most retail gem dealers work with limited inventories, this reduces buyer options. Another problem with these small dealers is the lack of information and reliability when it comes to gem authenticity and value for money. Kaisilver with it's wide network of gemstone mining and manufacturing resources, is the best source for gems of all types, shapes, sizes and cuts. With a support team that is compromised of jewelry and gemstone experts, the advice and suggestions made by the team relate to your requirements and not to fixed sales targets. The website shows a small sampling of the gems that we offer. You can infact request for just about any gem on the globe. All gems are sourced directly from the source, closely inspected and then custom cut by our expert cutters. With a buyer base that includes fashion models, government officials, casino and resort owners, lawyers, financial experts, students and professors, doctors and surgeons, sportsmen and newsreaders we have become the preferred choice for quality gems and jewelry. By cutting out middlemen commissions and multiple agents, we provide great value for your money. Our large online operation does not stop us from welcoming even the smallest order. Gold and silver jewelry is custom made with equal attention to quality, material and craftsmanship. You can choose from our designs or send us detailed for the style and design that you need.


How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S






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