Garnet is the stone of vitality and love! What a perfect birthstone for January Ladies! The rich clear color of red has long been associated with love and passion, and garnet is considered the stone of commitment. It is thought to revitalize feelings and enhance sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. This beautiful red stone is also thought to control anger, especially towards one self.
Other Interesting Tidbits on Garnet
- It is a 2nd Anniversary gemstone.
- It is associated with the Root Chakra and Heart Chakra and is often used to clear and balance energy, bringing serenity, passion and self-confidence
- It has been associated with the Planet Mars and the Element of Fire
- It is thought to stimulate metabolism and purify the heart and lungs and blood.
Recently our friend in India handed us a large silver dollar sized uncut Garnet. It was dark, but when held up to the light you could see a beautiful merlot red glow.. I can’t wait to see it hand faceted by his talented stone cutters! I collect rocks wherever I walk or hike, and here in Vermont I have found small pebble sized garnet crystal deposits within loose stones.
The name “Garnet comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike”. The pomegranate and garnet have been associated with eternity in many Greek Myths and throughout history. Many have associated the gift of the pomegranate seeds from Hades to Persephone with the gift of fine garnet gems. It's meaning has given symbolism to garnet as a “gift of love's attraction, or as a gift of quick return”. This myth gave rise to the belief that “garnet is a stone for loved ones who travel, and a crystal that can heal the broken heart and bonds of lovers”.
Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and legends about the garnet.
- In medieval times, “the stones were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver”..
- In legend, Noah was said to use a finely cut glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights.
- Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. ---Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice.
- The Koran holds that the garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems.
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