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Mozambique Garnet has colour that is warm, deep red, and similar to that of Ruby. Compared to Rhodolite Garnet, it is more of a pure red and its tone is slightly darker. Mozambique Garnet can vary from wonderfully transparent clarity to translucent.
Indeed, what an interesting place the gem world is! Mozambique Garnet does not have to come from Mozambique, and Paraiba Tourmaline found in Mozambique is named after the small mining area in Brazil where this new type of Tourmaline was first discovered. The reality is that gems often get their original name from where they were first discovered, then when the same gem is found in other locations around the world, as long as they meet certain criteria (in the case of Paraiba Tourmaline the gem must contain copper) it is accepted that they take on the original name. Just to add to the many complications in the gem world, however, is the case of Ceylon Sapphire: this name refers to more than just its colour and it is incorrect if a jeweller uses the name Ceylon Sapphire unless it originates from Sri Lanka.
Giving someone a piece of jewellery featuring Mozambique Garnet is believed to be the ultimate declaration of love. This gem can be found in Thailand, Tanzania and of course Mozambique.
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