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A Bit About The Piece:
Red and green fire agate ring set with smokey quartz and orange garnet accents.
The Center Stone: Fire Agate
- stone measurements: 13.49mm x 10.11mm x 3.3mmmm
- origin: Northern Mexico
- oval cabochon cut
- predominant color flashes of red with green undertones
The Side Stones: Smoky Quartz & Garnet
- 2 trillion cut smoky quartzes
- smoky quartz measurements: 4.97mm x 4.15mm
- 16 Standard Round Brilliant Cut garnets
- average garnet diameter: 2.4mm
The Setting: Cast Prong Set Ring
- 10kt yellow gold, solid
- North-South center stone orientation
- default size: 7.00
About Fire Agate:
Gem limonite, more commonly referred to as "fire agate" in the trade, is an unlikely combination of several minerals that find themselves encapsulated in agate, a variety of quartz. Higher grade stones are iridescent and glow similar to opal, changing vivid colors when held at different angles. It has become increasingly more difficult to find quality gem grade material on the market; the Slaughter Mountain deposit, known for producing some of the world's finest rough, sits on the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. Outsiders are charged hefty fees to mine with most excursions being fruitless. Specialists in the field insist that what little high grade material is left on the market today is actually older material mined in the 1970's. This is also believed to be the case of material from the high quality Deer Creek (also Arizona) and Mexico deposits as well.
While gem limonite is not a variety of agate (despite being called "fire agate" by most in the industry), being encapsulated in agate has its advantages. Though the material only ranks 6 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, it has an incredible toughness. This means that stones can scratch but cannot easily be broken. Gem limonite makes perfect rings for those who work a lot with their hands and want a piece of jewelry they can wear every single day. It can be safely used in both engagement rings and men's rings, as well as make a durable alternative option for those considering opal. Gem limonite can safely be used with chemical jewelry cleaners.
While it might be common belief that all garnet is red, this is nothing more than a misconception. A wide variety of garnet species exist with stones coming in every color, including stones that visibly change color under different lighting conditions. Some species, like the traditional brownish-red "almandine" (which used to be referred to as "almandite), are more common. Others, like the brilliant green "tsavorite" and "demantoid" varieties, are far more rare, commanding higher prices in the trade.
Because the term "garnet" does not refer to one single species of stone, care instructions vary. Green demantoid garnet requires the most care, sitting at 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Red almandite and pyrope, orange spessartite, and green tsavorite are known to be harder varieties, ranking a durable 7.5 on the hardness scale. While other varieties fall somewhere in between, most are durable enough to wear without any special care or mind. Garnet jewelry can safely be cleaned in chemical jewelry cleaner unless otherwise noted on the label.