Garnet is a fimiliar stone that has been used as a part of Jewelry in India and Africa for hundereds of years. It is more commonly seen in Dark Burgandy/Red color, but can vary from translucent pink to deep Burgandy. Garnets get their name from "granatum", meaning "seed of the pomegranate", which they resemble.
SPECIES: Garnet species occurs mainly in four colors :-
- Red = Pyrope
- Red/purple = Almandine
- Rose red = Rhodolite
- Green = Grossular
GEMSTONES: Pyropes is the most common forms used for gemstones
METAPHYSICAL: It is know to draw out negativity and increase well being. To receive this stone as a gift is considered good luck, however, if ever stolen, bad luck to the thief. In the Middle Ages it was used to ward off harm and increase chivalry, loyalty and honesty.
MEDICAL: Some people beleive that it can have effect on normalizing circulation, and to balance thyroid disorders. Garnets come in many colors and different varieties are associated with different healing abilities. The blood-red varieties are often associated with blood diseases. The browner varieties are used by healers to draw out stress. The Demantoid variety has been used to alleviate chronic pain. The pink Grossular varieties sooth a stressed nervous system and are used by healers for stress-related diseases, such as anorexia, mistrust, and people needing comfort.
BEADS: Most garnet jewelry and beads are made in India
ROUGH: The rough Garnet stone is mined in India, Australia, Arizona, New Mexico and Africa
BIRTHSTONE: Garnet is the Birthstone for the month of January