The History and meaning of Garnet
Garnet is the birthstone for the month January
Garnet is the Gemstone for the 2nd and 6th Anniversary of marriage
Zodiac sign of Aquarius
The meaning of Garnet
Garnet is a powerful energizing and regenerating stone. It cleanses and reenergizes the chakras. It revitalizes, purifies and balance energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. It is said to be able to warn of approaching danger and was long ago carried as a protective talisman.
Garnet inspires love and devotion. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet in particular stimulates the controlled rise of kundalini energy and aids sexual potency. This is a stone of commitment.
Garnet is a useful crystal to have in a crisis, it is particularly helpful in situations where there seems to be no way out or where life has fragmented or is traumatic. It fortifies, activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope into seemingly hopeless situations. Crisis is turned into a challenge under Garnets influence. It promotes mutual assistance in times of trouble. Garnets are said to bring success in business matters.
Garnets sharpen your perceptions of yourself and other people. It dissolves ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer serving you and bypasses resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. Mentally, Garnet helps you to let go of useless or old obsolete ideas. Emotionally, Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos; it opens up the heart and bestows self-confidence.
Garnet regenerates the body. It stimulates the metabolism. Garnet treats spinal and cellular disorders, purifies and reenergizes the blood, heart, and lungs, and regenerates DNA. It assists assimilation of minerals and vitamins. Garnet has a strong link with the pituitary gland and can stimulate expanded awareness and past life recall. Garnet activates other crystals, amplifying their effect. It clears negative chakra energy.
Garnet is one of the most plentiful of stones as it has several forms according to its mineral base, each with different properties in addition to the generic attributes.
Rhodolite Garnet is a warm, trusting, and sincere stone. It stimulates contemplation, intuition. Rhodolite protects the base chakra enhances healthy sexuality, overcoming frigidity. It stimulates the metabolism and treats heart, lungs and hips
Red Garnet represents love. Attuned to the heart energy, it revitalizes feelings and enhances send inspiration. Red Garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.
History and Legend
Garnet, was one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of the High Priest, and has been used as a sacred stone by the Native American Indians
Garnet was often used as signet rings in ancient Rome in the 3rd and 4th century
Garnets were used in Sumeria around 2100 B.C. and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 B.C. Garnets were used in the former Czechoslovakia as far back as the Bronze Age, and in Egypt more than five thousand years ago.
According to the Talmud, the only light on Noah's ark was provided by a large Garnet. In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to enhance truth, faith and constancy, and to dispel melancholy
The Victorians loved Garnets and made them very popular, with clusters of tiny red garnets forming larger statement jewellery pieces.
- Garnet has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.5 Mohs scale
- Garnet comes in every colour of the rainbow except blue, from deep red to the vibrant green of Tsavsorite. Most varieties are named for their colour. Rhodolite is a purplish red, Hessonite is the name for orange, Tsavsorite is the name to a green grossularite also Ubarovite and demantoid are green varieties, pyrope Garnets are purplish red, crimson or dark red. Spessartite Garnets range from yellow, orange through to red and brown
- Garnet is found in Czech Republic, Greece, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, United States and Tanzania
- Jewellery has been found back to the bronze age and Egypt more than 5000 thousand years ago
- The word Garnet comes from the 14th century middle English word “Gernet” meaning dark red.
- The Garnet is derived from the old French pome granate and the Latin name of Punica Granatum, native to Asia tree which means seed, because of the gemstones resemblance to the red seeds of the pomegranate
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