Garnet – January’s birthstone signifies health, prosperity, perseverance and strength. Derived from the Latin word granatum, which means seed, the stone is known for its resemblance to the pomegranate seed and represents trust and eternal friendship, making it the perfect gift for a cherished friend.
Our garnet gemstones are gorgeous! If you have an Aquarius in your family, it makes for a perfect birthday gift. The stone is also the alternate for Capricorns.
Available in three distinct cuts (octagon, square, oval) and in a number of sizes, red garnet is a perfect gift for a friend, and it is also given as a gift on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.
The History of Garnet
Garnet gemstones date way back to 3100 B.C. The stone is always found in metamorphic rock. Today, garnet is most commonly found in Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. It is also found in other mountainous regions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Scotland, Switzerland, Tanzania and in Arizona in the United States.
The stone gets its name from a group of minerals that come in a rainbow of colours, including deep red (what it’s most recognized for) to vibrant green colours.
Metaphysical Properties of Garnet Gemstones
Garnet is also believed to have a number of metaphysical properties, adding to the intrigue of the stone. It is often these properties that attract people. Some of the special properties include:
- Peace and calmness of the mind
- Enhanced wit and cleverness
- The feeling of being proud
- Enhanced honesty and sympathy for others
- To help people with hardships and remain tough through difficult times
Garnet is also widely considered a stone to help oppose black magic and negative energy, as well as, having properties that warn wearers of the stone of impending dangers.
Types of Garnet
One thing that makes garnet unique from other gemstones is that there are six different types, including:
- Andradite – this form is in high demand
- Almandine – this is the most common form and most widely used gemstone
- Grossularite – colorless when pure, but are also found in blue and red hues
- Pyrope – these tend to be dark red, are often larger than one carat in size
- Spessartine – less well known, and rarely used as gemstones
- Uvarovite – the rarest form