Garnet is an extremely durable stone, and its use has dated back to 3100 BC. It has been found in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek adornments. True to its color, red garnet was often placed in Victorian jewelry, mimicking the shape of a pomegranate. The Greeks believed that wearing a garnet around one’s neck would provide the ability to see in the dark, and during the Middle Ages it was thought to protect against the plague.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many different colors and types of garnet (blue being the most rare) which differ in chemical composition but create the same crystal structures. These types include Almandine, Pyrope, Grossular, Spessartine, Uvarovite, and Andradite.
Garnet is known as a feminine stone, though certainly not exclusively. It is also a January birthstone, and known to assist in the ventures of business. Since garnet has socially magnetic properties, it often attracts people to the wearer and can lead to a plethora of social and business networking. Furthermore, garnet can continue to be useful throughout these situations by providing the wearer with an abundance of confidence, creativity, and amplified personal energy.
In matters of love and heartbreak- garnet is equally useful. It is said that garnet promotes feelings of loyalty, and can help repair damaged or broken bonds. It is also great when trying to conceive, as garnet is often associated with fertility and abundance. Garnet aids in the mending of broken hearts and eases melancholy, depression, or grief.
Author: Taylor Erickson