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I Am a Late Bloomer with a Penchant for Pink

Yes, I’m a garnet, but a precious one with a Carolina accent to boot. Who am I?

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I Am a Late Bloomer with a Penchant for Pink

GIVEN THE LONG history of using garnets in jewelry, I could be considered something of an upstart, only found in the New World in the late 1890s. (To be specific, it was North Carolina, home also to a lush pinkish-red flower from which I take my name.) In recent years, helped by rich new supplies from East Africa and Sri Lanka, not to mention my commonly inclusion-free nature, I have become something of a designer favorite, often in big, bold pendants and earrings.

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