from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A transparent, green variety of garnet used as a gem.
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- n. a green garnet
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A yellow-green, transparent variety of garnet found in the Urals. It is valued as a gem because of its brilliancy of luster, whence the name.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light-green to emerald-green variety of garnet, found in the Ural mountains. It is transparent and of brilliant luster, and is classed as a gem.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a green andradite used as a gemstone
Andradite garnet, of the variety known as demantoid, from its diamond-like properties, and which is usually sold under the misleading name "olivine" in the trade, comes from the western slopes of the Ural
The use of "demantoid" alone, if a noun may be made from the adjective, would avoid both the confusion with the mineral olivine, and the cheapening effect of the word garnet, and would at the same time suggest some of the most striking properties of the material.
The luster, too, is diamond-like as the name "demantoid" signifies.
Pair of demantoid garnet and diamond ear pendants by JAR
The demantoid garnet (the "olivine" of the trade) is so beautiful and brilliant a stone that it is a pity that it is so lacking in hardness.
While the price charged usually bears a fair relation to the value of the material furnished, it would be better to offer tourmaline, or peridot (the mineral name of which is olivine), or demantoid garnet (sometimes wrongly called "Olivine"), or "emerald doublets," or emerald or
With this account of the stone and a few chances to see the real demantoid garnet beside an emerald no one would be likely to mistake one for the other.
The stones are frequently referred to as "demantoid garnets" on account of their diamond-like luster and dispersion.
Peridot (chrysolite), demantoid garnet ( "olivine"), jade
The demantoid garnet (sometimes called "olivine" in the trade).