Only after the sale did she off-handedly mention that this particular garnet came from India. A little crest-fallen that my ring was technically not from the Czech Republic, I decided I was still satisfied with it because I liked its styling. Its price? - about $35.00. Whenever I look at it now, the ring reminds me of our all-too brief Prague encounter that intrigued me and left me wishing we had been able to stay there longer.
I have since done some research on garnets (which I should have done before our visit) and found out that not all garnets are red. Uvavorite is always green. Garnets can be colorless, or yellow, orange, gray, or even black or pink! The garnet is the Republic’s officially designated national gem, and Czech garnets are pyropes, whereas those from India are mostly almandine. Czech and Indian garnets both are red, from a ruby to dark red in hue. For a full discussion of garnets, check out www.mineralgalleries.com. and for glance at Granat’s catalog, refer to www.bohemiangems.com.
November 30, 2002
From journal So, You want to go to Prague?