Professional Jeweler Archive: Colorful Garnet Packages

July 2003

Gemstones & Pearls/News


Colorful Garnet Packages

Signity introduces three bright new gems cut to Swarovski standards


Designers appreciate working with a suite of gems cut to exacting standards and perfectly color-matched. Signity meets this need with three new gem products: garnet melee colors in chrome pyrope (bright red), spessartite (bright yellow) and rhodolite (purplish pink).

The pyrope garnets, which come from Navajo Indian territory in northeast Arizona, are known as “ant hill” garnets in the trade. The stones owe their color to chromium and come in two versions: classic red (deep red) and passion (orange red).

The rhodolite garnets come from Brazil in a color the company describes as juicy grape.

The spessartite garnets hail from Nigeria in gold dust, orange and tangerine shades.

The company describes the gems’ clarity as good and fine and offers them in round and star cuts measuring 1.00mm, 1.25mm and 1.50mm.

Color stability? “Our research shows these garnets hold their color unlike some other melee gemstones,” says Stephen Kahler, senior vice president of created and natural gemstones for Swarovski, the Wattens, Austria, company that launched Signity in conjunction with Golay of Lausanne, Switzerland. Signity is based in Horgen, Switzerland, and has U.S. offices in New York City.

The garnets join Signity’s growing roster of precision-cut colored gems, which include ruby, sapphire, amethyst, citrineº, peridot and topaz.

u Signity Americas, New York City; (866) 221-8234 or (212) 223-2983, www.signity.com.

– by Robert Weldon, G.G.

Spessartite garnets from Nigeria come (from left) in tangerine, orange and gold dust shades.
Pyrope garnet is available in classic (left) and passion shades
Rhodolite from Brazil is described as juicy grape.

Photos courtesy of Signity.

Copyright © 2003 by Bond Communications