In some quarters, garnets are so poor regarded that all the word brings to mind are dull, dark-red stones, or perhaps an abrasive used in sandpaper. Indeed, garnets are plentiful, in no small part because the word is a catch-all for a host of minerals, from red pyrope and almandine to orange spessartine. But garnets have been sought-after stones in fine jewelry for hundreds of years, particularly in Bohemia, which is now a part of the Czech...Continue Reading