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I Am the Finest Green Garnet

A true son of the Russian soil that was a favorite of Carl Fabergé.

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I AM THE MOST precious of garnets, with a green beauty that almost rivals the best emeralds. My fire and brilliance have inspired allusions to the mighty diamond, while my powers of dispersion are unmatched. I enjoyed a golden age not long after my discovery in the Ural Mountains in the 1860s, and was a favorite of Carl Fabergé and the Russian court. But my star dimmed in the years after World War I as the new Soviet Union withdrew into its own world. Today, I am more likely to hail from Namibia, but it is still as a son of the Russian soil, with horsetail inclusions, that I command the best prices.

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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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