Garnet, a hard, transparent or semi-transparent mineral occurring as crystals, as grains, or in irregular masses. Garnets are silicates in combination with iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, aluminum, or chromium. Most of the gem garnets —pyrope, almandite, spessartite, andradite, uvarovite, and grossularite—are reddish in color, but some are greenish, yellowish, or white. The garnet is the birthstone for January and represents constancy. Common garnets are used as watch jewels (bearings), as abrasives, and in coating sandpaper.
La Brea Tar Pits, an area in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, where there is a natural accumulation of sticky asphalt derived from an ancient petroleum seep.
Diamonds are beautiful and popular - but not everyone can afford these gems. While man-made versions are less expensive, most lack the luster and brilliance of the real thing, except moissanite. See how it compares!