The January birthstone is Garnet, so it seemed fitting to dedicate our first blog entry of 2020 to this beautiful gemstone.
It really is a blessing to be able to work with such beautiful gemstones on a daily basis. At first, that's all I cared about- the beauty. How vain. It wasn't until I started asking myself why I felt so drawn to wearing or working certain gemstones that I realized there's much more them than their beauty. Keep in mind this was YEARS ago. Long before the craze and awareness of the benefits of healing crystals became mainstream.
Today I want to talk about one of my personal favourite gemstones, the infamous, the beautiful, the precious, the ancient.......drum roll please..... GARNET.
This post will not be diving into any scientific compositions or anything like that. It is meant for you, the reader, to leave this page with a newly found or new found interest to one of our most used gemstones, Garnet.
How To Identify Garnet By Colour
Garnet is most easily recognized by it's colour, most commonly reddish purple. The deepness and colour can vary sometimes appearing so dark it can almost look black.
So in other words it can appear anywhere from transparent to translucent.
Garnet also is formed in other colours like Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray, Black and is often referred to as other names. Not all garnets are ideal for use in jewelry and green garnet is the rarest of the bunch.
Garnets rarely require any colour enhancements (unlike some other semi-precious gemstones) and the majority of the garnets on the market are natural. Thank God, because I don't think I would be able to handle garnet getting anymore beautiful than it already is.
Sometimes garnets can be confused for rubies. There is a difference. Rubies are actually lighter and more pinkish in colour. Below is a neat comparison of the two.
Now it is really important to remember that colours of gemstones are subjective. In the picture above garnet looks similar to ruby, however, it's not always the case. More times than not, that you will be able to recognize the difference as you start wearing and getting to know the gemstone. The most common is reddish-purple hues. Think of a nice class of cabernet merlot. Yes! That's the colour.
The majority of the garnet which we use in our designs is in the beaded form and are faceted. Faceted stones are small and have flat cut surfaces which make them appear shiny and sparkle in the light. The La Scala Statement Necklace is an example of what faceted beads look like. You can see in this picture the reflection of light bounces off the flat cuts to give a sparkling effect.
Facets for the win....ALWAYS!
Where Are They Found Today?
Today, red garnets are most commonly sourced in the following countries, however, red garnet is formed on metamorphic rocks that are found on every continent.
GIA Garnet Map
Each and every gemstone which exist today or has existed in the past has profound meaning and energetic properties.
The Benefits and Meaning Behind Garnet
Jewelsforme.com has done an exceptional job highlighting the beneficial properties of Garnet.
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- sharpens your perception of yourself and other people.
- Long ago, garnets were claimed to help the wearer resist melancholy and warn off evil spirits, especially spirits of the night, which were referred to as demons and night phantoms. Today we might interpret this as a stone that can ward off nightmares.
- Inspires contemplation and truthfulness, and offers its wearer the power to protect their standing and possessions.
- The garnet is also an ancient symbol of friendship. In the past, garnets have been exchanged between parting friends to symbolize their affection and to ensure that they meet again.
- The stone causes people to be attracted to the wearer, which aids in business, as well as in personal success. It is especially beneficial to those people whose business is people-oriented.
- The stone is an ideal choice for people who are entering new realms, for example, people who are moving to a new city.
- Garnet aids in giving strength to the business minded person. Any sort of crisis is turned into challenge under the garnet’s influence.
- The stone has been known to dissolve ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer positive, and bypasses resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. It aids in letting go of useless or old ideas.
- The stone revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passionate as appropriate.
- It removes inhibitions, taboos, anger and discord. It alleviates emotional disharmony, brings on a calming influence, and protects the wearer from being affected by the unwanted energy of others.
- It strengthens the survival instinct in a crisis, or in extremely traumatic situations, bringing courage and hope where it seems like there is no way out.
- It promotes self-confidence and allows one’s inner spirit to radiate.
- The stone is said to balance the sex drive. It supposedly aids in sexual potency and fertility, brings out sexual attraction and frees ones sensual side to release passion and love.
- Garnet moves a couple deeper into a passionate and sensual exploration of sexual magic.
- The stone inspires commitment, monogamous and stable marriage, and promises one’s love, devotion, and fidelity with surety. It can also aid in finding true lovers.
So there you have it! A nice little introduction to a stone that we hold dear to us personally and in our jewelry designs. If you're interested in seeing how we incorporate garnet in our jewelry designs you can view ALL OUR GARNET JEWELRY HERE.