According to legend, Garnet gives its wearer guidance in night travel, wards off depression and promotes long-lasting love. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him steer through the dark night in his ark. Garnets are also found in jewelry from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.
A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. Far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.
GARNET: the birthstone of January. One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate explains why the word "garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus," meaning "grain" or "seed." This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent seed. More aboutcolored gemstones.
While Garnets come in many colors Ã¢â‚¬â€ green, red, blue, purple, pink and yellow Ã¢â‚¬â€ the red garnet is most popular in jewelry and the blue garnet is quite rare.
The rich red stones of the garnet mix well with gold and we love garnet jewelry with faceted stones and garnet beads make wonderful necklaces. Pair garnets with rose quartz for a warm palette, and the strong colors are especially compelling in a garnet necklace or garnet earrings.
Garnet deposits are found in Africa, India, Russia, South America, China, Pakistan and the United States.
6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, garnets are rather hard but not brittle. Clean garnet jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Rinse the stone well after washing. For additional preservation, keep your garnets in box when they are not in use.