Congratulations!! You have discovered a Mozambique Garnet Gemstone!
The Mozambique variety of garnet is quite popular. Originating in the East African nation they are named after, Mozambique garnets are known for their high quality and wonderfully warm, red colors. Mozambique garnet is a mixture of pyrope and almandine garnet, similar in color to rhodolite garnet, but slightly more red, and darker.
Garnets form under extremely high temperatures and pressure. Geologists can actually use garnets as an indication of the temperatures and pressures at which the rock (where the garnets were found) was formed. The garnet occurs in generous quantities in certain parts of the world, even in small sand particles on many beaches, as well as in rock formations. Garnets are found in Africa, India, Russia, South America, Madagascar, Pakistan, and the United States.
Since garnet has a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale and indistinct cleavage, it is a durable gemstone that is suitable for all kinds of jewelry. It can be cleaned with a soft brush and soapy water, then rinsed well.
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