The word garnet comes from the Latin word granatus meaning seed-like. Garnets crystals embedded in rock resembled pomegranate seeds. Deep red, violet-red and black garnets are found in Arizona, South America, Ceylon, India, and Australia. Garnets may be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner.
This is the traditional and the ayurvedic stone for January.
Luster: resinous / Hardness: 7 – 7.5 / Density: pyrope 3.6, almandine 4.2
Legends & Lore:
- Travelers in the Middle Ages wore garnets to protect themselves from pirates and thieves.
- Garnets are believed to ward off sickness, stimulate the heart and increase circulation.
- Noah hung a garnet in the ark for illumination.
- King Solomon wore a large red garnet along with eleven other magical gems (representing the 12 steps of Jacob’s Ladder) in his breast plate to help him win battles and to keep him in touch with the deity.
- Most garnets are a dark ruby red. However, garnets are found in various colors, including pink, purple, green and orange.
- It was believed to ease conflict and to prevent bloodshed between enemies. It is thought to be the gem of faith, and truth and steadfastness.
- Gemstone for Connecticut, Idaho, Vermont and New York City.