Garnet

Origins: Canada, Mexico, Kenya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Brazil
Color: Reddish Brown; Mohs Scale Hardness: 7 
Luster: Vitreous to Resinous

Material History

Red garnets were the most commonly used gemstones in the Late Antique Roman world, and the Migration Period art of the "barbarian" peoples who took over the territory of the Western Roman Empire. They were especially used inlaid in gold cells in the cloisonné technique found from Anglo-Saxon England, as at Sutton Hoo, to the Black Sea.

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