Garnet is the birthstone of January and the Aquarius starsign (Jan 20th - Feb 18th). If you're ever short on gift ideas, Garnet is the gemstone that celebrates the second anniversary of marriage.
Garnet can come in a variety of colours such as green, yellow, orange and purple but it is most commonly associated with a deep/dark red colour.
Garnet derives from the Latin word 'Garnanatus' which means 'seed-like' and refers to the pomegranate. This is because small pieces of Garnet resemble pomegranate seeds.
History of Garnet
- During Egyptian times Garnet jewellery was often placed in Pharaohs tombs to be fully enjoyed in the afterlife.
- Plato (Athenian Philosopher) had his portrait engraved on a Garnet by a Roman engraver.
- In Medieval times it was believed that Garnet cured depression and protected against bad dreams.
- Garnet was a highly popular use for jewellery during the Victorian period.
- Christian tradition considers deep red, almost blood-like garnet a symbol of Christ's sacrifice.
- There is a strong belief that Garnet has powerful attributes towards both mental and physical health.
- It is believed the Garnet gemstone has the ability to reduce toxins and help heal various bodily problems.
- Garnet is a good stone to have in a crisis, especially when you feel stuck in a rut or down on your luck.
- It reinvirgorates you if you've had a period of negativity and helps you fight your fears.
- Garnet strengthens your survival instinct and helps you see a way out of a bad situation.
- The stone helps you when you need a bit of motivation.
- It also prevents anger and frustration and helps sooth your anger by instead inspiring inner confidence and self belief.