Because of the clarity and hardness of the stone, garnets can be cut into any shape. The only thing they don't really like is intense heat and rough handling. We have talked in the past about some of the enhancements or treatments other stones go through to change their hardness and color. Garnets are not typically treated or enhanced, but some can change color under different lighting.
Garnets are found worldwide with various colors being found in specific places. Almost every variety of garnet can be found in the United States. Other beautiful locations that have garnet deposits are in South America, China, Russia, Turkey, and many parts of Africa.
Ruth Soucek used garnet beads and wire filigree components to create a garnet necklace and earrings set.