The Garnet is a stone that is found around the world, is commonly red but can also be found in other colors and chemical formulas. Its luminosity makes it one of the most attractive jewelery stones.
The Garnet can be seen in various stories and ancient legends, specifically in the Middle Ages, where it was said to be protective of negative dreams. On the other hand, the Greeks gave the Garnet as a gift of love.
Since the chemical composition of Garnets is very diverse, some require great care when cleaning them, as they are sensitive to heat.
The Garnet family is one of the largest and most complex in the gem world. Unlike minerals such as Beryl, Garnet has different species, which are never found in their pure state and are always mixed with other types of Garnet .
Some Garnet blends have different characteristics, but have a similar crystal structure and properties.
The Garnet stone plays an important role in Greek mythology and ancient narrations, as it is mentioned in the episode of Persephone’s fit to hell; meanwhile in the Muslim and Hebrew tradition it is praised for its splendor.
In ancient times, Garnet has been carved and worked as a precious stone, for example, the Vikings used jewelry with Garnets as funeral ornaments, while the Crusaders, to obtain greater courage in battles, decorated their armor with the gem.
This stone was very popular during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe, specifically in the Victorian era, because it was used very often in jewelry.
· Its chemical composition is what allows the mineral to be of different colors. This is because sometimes elements such as silicate, aluminum or magnesium are present during its formation.
· Its hardness is between 6.5 to 7.5 according to the Mohs scale.
· The chemical formula of Garnet is: A3B2 (SiO4) 3.
Properties and Uses
· This is a stone of health that works as an extractor of negative energies from the chackras, transforming them into positive energies.
· It is used to purify organs, blood and reduce toxins found in the body.
· Provides calm and protection to the body.
· Strengthens the survival instinct and brings courage and hope.
· It brings balance, love and serenity in couples and families.
· It is considered a lucky stone as it attracts love and success in business.
Physical healing properties
- This rock is believed to have medicinal properties, so it helps to heal wounds quickly.
- It helps regenerate the body and stimulate metabolism.
- It is responsible for treating spinal and cellular disorders. It also regenerates DNA.
- It allows the body to assimilate any type of vitamins that enter the body.
- Relieves acne and reduces heart disorders.
Emotional healing properties
- Provides protective influence and stable vitality, and during use it serves as a natural pain reliever.
- Treat emotional problems.
- Helps alleviate nightmares by placing it under the pillow.
- It is very useful in times of crisis or situations where it is believed that there will be no way out.
- Strengthens and activates the survival instinct, giving hope and courage.
- It helps to balance the energies by stimulating the desires and raising the attitude.
- Prevents insecurities.
- It helps increase popularity and positivity, improving self-esteem.
- It fosters success in business and commercial relationships.
- It helps to recover the spirit, calming emotional pain and sadness.
Properties in the chackras and equilibrium energy
- Clean and re-energize the chackras.
- It purifies and balances the energy, granting serenity and passion.
- Stimulates Kundalini energy, helps sexual potency.
- Stimulates the base and crown chackras.
- Sri Lanka.
- South Africa.
- Its name was placed due to the similarity it has with the fruit of the pomegranate.
- Pieces of Garnet were found in the Bronze Age (more than 5,000 years) in the areas of the Middle East and Scandinavia.
- Garnet stone was used as a jewel and ornament in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome.
- In industry, Garnet is used for the manufacture of sandpaper, thanks to its abrasive power.
- This stone was used for years as a protective talisman.
- The Persians used Garnet powder as a poultice to reduce fever.
- In biblical writings this stone was known as “carbunculus” or “carbuncle”.
- Medieval knights had a habit of carrying a garnet bag during the crusades, in order to recover quickly, in case they were injured or poisoned.
- Pyrope Garnet was a very popular stone during the 18th and 11th centuries, especially Bohemian Garnet.
- It was an amulet much appreciated by travelers since they believed that the stone protected them from dangers along the way.
- Some people believed that Garnet increased the severity of pain, which is why it was used in China and the United States as rifle bullets.
Uses of Garnets
Despite not being a high quality crystal, the appearance of variations such as hessonite, tsavorite and cinnamon stone, reactivated the interest of jewelry for this gem, which is widely used for the manufacture of various garments or jewelry such as : charms, bracelets, rings, pendants, necklaces, etc.
Another use that can be given to Garnet is that since it is not toxic, it can be used to filter water.
How to Clean Garnet Stone
Garnet is cleaned in a simple way like quartz tourmaline, you just have to place it in a glass container and add enough sea salt and after a few days remove it, cleaning and drying it very well.
To activate this stone, it must be exposed to the light of the full moon for an entire night. The next day you can use the Garnet stone.
The largest quantity of Garnet is found in these main deposits:
· Almandine : it is made up of iron and aluminum silicate, it is red and violet in color.
· Spessartite : This variety is so strange, is known as the Garnet sun. Which is composed of magnesium and aluminum silicate, it comes in pink, orange, yellow or reddish brown.
· Compliment : it is composed of magnesium and aluminum silicate, for this reason it is seen in a deep red color with brown tones.
· Grosularia : this is found in white, yellow, green, reddish brown, black and orange, and it also has lush green hues.
· Andradite : it is composed of calcium and iron silicate, the colors of this type of Garnet are: greenish yellow, dark brown to black and colorless.
· Demantoid : it is considered the most valuable of all Garnets, thanks to its brightness and dispersion. This stone is one of the most collected.
· Melanite : it comes in a shiny black color due to its high content of titanium, it is also called titanium andranite.
· Garnet Hessonite : is known for its particularly warm yellow to reddish, but also displayed in colors orange, brown-orange or reddish brown. Another of the colors it presents can be: pink and green, although it is known for its cinnamon-like colors.
· Uvarorite : it includes calcium silicate and chromium. It comes in an emerald green color and can rarely be found as a precious stone.
· Tsavorite : thanks to its green color, which can vary in intensity, and its high shine make it a high-value gemstone, which is why it is considered one of the most expensive Garnets on the market, due to its rarity.
· Hydrogrossular : Garnet is a green, thick and dense opaque much like jade, although their colors vary from green to green, white, gray , blue and pink.
· Rhodolite : it is a hybrid or mixture of the Almandite and Pyroan Garnets , it presents colors ranging from red and purple or a mixture of both, making it a popular stone.
· Garnet Star : it is a rare stone, with an aspect very similar to that of a star with four to six rays or points, which is only found in the United States and India.
· Mali : This stone is a hybrid of the Grosularia and the Andradite. It has a green color with shine and dispersion. It can also be found in yellow, brownish-green, and brown colors.