Name the stone - Jewerely

KangaWoo

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Hi guy's
I picked up this old sterling necklace, yesterday.

Any guesses on what type of stones these are?
They are a deep red, that change to a deep purple with back light.

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I am no geologist and I don't lnow the answer to this for certain. One of the varieties looks a good starting point - this page in wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garnet#Properties mentions varieties of Garnet that change colour appearance depending on the light source, but not red to purple.
Alexandrite - a variety of Chrysoberyl - is another possible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoberyl#Alexandrite
Another famous colour changer under UV light is Flourite, but that flouresces brightly, so I don't think it fits your specimens.
 
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Not hundred percent sure but they do look like garnet.
What part of aus you in kanga?

Thanks guys

Hi Aussie, I'm in the Riverina part of N.S.W
 
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based on the color in the pictures, I vote garnet as well
 
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My vote is red glass. Seems like way too expensive to have that much garnet in silver.
 
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Thanks everyone, I am waiting on an order for a neodymium magnet, but I think I will pop down to a Jewellery store tomorrow morning. I will let you all know the results.

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