Garnet is the birthstone for January and has its name from the Latin word for seed, “granatus”, which refers to those of the delicious pomegranate. The gemstone can display numerous beautiful colours. However, it is best known for its deep red colour, including the wonderful red-purple shade of the rhodolite garnet, named after the lovely rhododendron blossoms. The garnet is an incredibly eye-catching gemstone and is often connected with both passion and strength. Read on, if you would like to know more about the amazing garnet! ♡ Shiri
Garnet is the birthstone assigned to the month of January. Jewellery set with a sparkling garnet will be a sweet and personalized gift for someone born in the month of January. Remember to tell the receiver, that wearing your birthstone is said to bring good luck.
Jewellery set with garnet is gifted on the 2nd wedding anniversary. As the red garnet often is associated with passion and love, a wonderful piece of jewellery set with garnet will make a particularly suitable gift for someone you love.
The spiritual qualities of the garnet include: Love, passion, affection, sensuality and confidence. The beautiful gemstone is said to hold the heartwarming properties of romance and devotion, but it is equally a gemstone of courage, strength and trust in oneself. The garnet has also been said to be a great companion for successful business endeavours.
Garnets have been used for adornment for thousands of years and can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. During the middle ages, the garnet was worn by royalty and believed to hold mystical powers. Like any other red gemstone, the garnet has often been referred to as “carbuncle”, meaning “little spark”. In Europe, garnet jewellery resembling pomegranate was especially popular in the Victorian era.
In certain ancient cultures, the red garnet was associated with blood and was used in weapons, as it was thought to inflict more damage on enemies. The garnet was also believed to hold healing powers and was considered to be a cure for various diseases. During the middle ages, it was told that the eyes of a dragon were actually garnets.
Garnet is a group of minerals with the same crystal structure, yet different chemical compositions, resulting in numerous different garnet species and colour varieties. An example of this is the rhodolite garnet, having the composition of two different garnet species, displaying a deep red-purple colour. Garnet is categorized on 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs' scale of hardness. Sources of different species of garnets can, amongst other countries, be found in India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Russia, the USA, South Africa and Tanzania.