What Is Garnet?
Garnet is January’s birthstone, a name given to a series of over ten gemstones, with a similar structure. Although usually red, there are shades of green, pale to bright yellow and fiery orange. The word “Garnet” derives from the Latin “granum” meaning “grain”. Describing the typically rounded shape of the gemstone and also reminiscent of pomegranate seeds.
Although most of my Garnet jewellery has been sold at the moment, these earrings are available. I need to source some more Garnet beads and make some more pieces!
Garnet makes good jewellery because it’s very hard, and resistant to wear. Garnet is said to symbolize happiness as well as deep and enduring love and friendship. Garnet has been found in jewellery from ancient Greece, Rome, and dating back to 3100 BC in Egypt.
Oriental warriors made garnet bullets because they believed these would inflict more harm. Others thought garnet brightened the night because of its high refraction of light – explained Noah’s garnet lantern to steer his Ark. Travellers’ wore garnets to protect against evil, poison and wounds. It was also believed to help depression and prevent nightmares. Red garnet in particular is said to break a fever, stop bleeding and to reduce inflammation.
Today, garnet is prized for its beauty rather than its magical powers. People like its transparency, its brilliance, and colour of a sun-drenched Indian summer. Deep green garnets are the rarest and therefore expensive. Emerald green and golden garnet is next rarest, followed by pure red.