When I think of garnet I think of a beautiful deep burgundy red stone. The name garnet comes from the latin word pomegranate. That seems to be logical as the colour is very similar to pomegranate seeds. The stone has been used for centuries in jewellery and other decorations.
As with many of the traditional birthstones (garnet is the birthstone for January) they appear in religious artefacts and have symbolic meaning. Noah apparently used garnet to illuminate the ark. According to Hebrew writers, garnet was one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christians use garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and the Quran says that the garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Muslims. Even if we are skeptical of these things it proves just how long garnets have been used and enjoyed for.
Rhodolite garnet is a pink red and pyrope or almandine garnet is a deeper red. The garnets found in Mozambique is a combination of pyrope and almandine so those garnets are often sought after due to their depth of colour. The jewellery in the picture on the right is dated 1st century B.C. and is greek in origin. I am amazed at the chain and I love the design. It is simple but very effective. I wonder who would have owned such jewellery.
· Said to be a protective and calming influence
· Helps to increase courage and hope to critical situations.
· Reduce body toxins and purify vital organs and blood.
· Balances energy and sex drive
· Can inspire love
· Considered lucky for love, success and business relationships
· Helps to let go of old patterns of behaviour
· Boosts self confidence
I use garnet in my Chakra jewellery as the representation of the base chakra. Garnet can also be used as the stone to celebrate the second marriage anniversary. Rhodolite garnet and almandine garnet can be used as alternatives on the 15th and 19th wedding anniversaries in place of ruby and aquamarine. It is also a zodiac stone for Aquarius, Aries and Capricorn. So if you are looking for a special piece for anyone using garnet I would love to talk to you.
Please note that the stone attribute section is not proven to be a direct outcome of wearing or owning the stone. It is also not a prescription and should not be used alone to treat health problems.
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