Garnet



Garnet gemstone conveys the spirit meaning of inner fire and unleashing of power ≈≈ Magical properties of the Garnet can be used for awakening the Kundalini ≈≈ For healing Garnet is excellent for circulation and depression

Garnet gemstones are regarded as the stone of passionate devotion; toward family, friends, the self and purpose in life. Believed to stimulate the senses, and increase vitality and stamina. Garnet is thought to attract good luck in business ventures. Garnet gemstones include almandine garnet, pyrope garnet, color change garnet, demantoid garnet, Mali garnet, malaya garnet, rhodolite garnet, hessonite garnet, spessartite tsavorite garnet, star garnet and uvarovite garnet.

Although garnets come in different colours, it is the reddish hues that are most well known. Thus their associations with the heart and the blood. Amulets of garnet bring the wearer happiness and lasting, ful lling love.
Early Egyptians and Phoenicians used them for healing snakebite, food poisoning and diseases of the blood.
In medieval Europe cabochon-cut red stones were referred to as carbuncles, and most often these carbuncles were garnets, although we occasionally hear mention of carbuncle rubies. The word ‘carbuncle’ actually means ‘ re coal’ which is a reference that makes sense when you see ashes of re in the centre of a dark red garnet.
Funnily enough in modern usage a carbuncle is more likely to mean a hard red lump on the skin, no doubt because of its resemblance to the gemstone rather than a re coal.
The smooth cut carbuncle garnet also resembled the heart, and was associated with the sacri ce of Jesus Christ. As a carbuncle, the stone symbolises, determination, assurance, success, energy, but also war and bloodshed. The carbuncle was most likely the almandine garnet, a darker red due to iron content – and thus we see an interesting correlation between the iron-induced redness of the stone and its link with the blood as well as warfare and iron-like qualities of determination etc. An intuitive assessment of the stone from a time before mineral content was scienti cally identi able.
When cut as a faceted stone its symbolism changes to devotion, loyalty, energy and grace. This may also re ect a colour change as it is the more translucent gems that are faceted. Also the pinker hues of rhodolite garnet make it more appropriate if you’re looking for a gem to develop love, compassion and harmony.
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The garnet’s traditions show that it is useful for strengthening, purifying and revitalising the blood, and supporting the heart, thus its connection with love and compassion. It also stimulates the pituitary, balancing hormones and stabilising mental upsets.
The colour red is associated with the root chakra, thus rubies relate to the head, the heart and the sacrum. This may be why they align subtle bodies and help to harmonise the potent forces of the kundalini, as well as enhancing the imagination.
Garnets are the modern birthstone for January.
At 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale garnets are hard stones and excellent for claw-set rings, as well as many other styles of jewellery.
Geology and science stuff
Garnets are actually a family of different minerals rather than coming from one mineral composition as with most other gems. Usually, they are aluminium silicates with the addition of another mineral.
Almandine garnet is iron aluminium silicate and is the least expensive because the mineral is more common and found in many places. These stones were often the carbuncles of ancient time (although as mentioned, almost any red stone could be a carbuncle). They have been sourced in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma), as will as the Northern Territory in Australia.
The strong reds of the pyrope garnet (its name comes from the Greek re+eye) are a combination of magnesium aluminium and silicate. Lovely blood red pyrope crystals are found in Bohemia (Czech) and South Africa.
A violet-red to pink variety called rhodolite garnet comes from Macon County in North Carolina and is a mix of pyrope and almandine materials, with iron and magnesium.
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Grossular garnets are the multi-coloured cousins of the garnet world, composed of calcium aluminium silicate. These excellent quality stones come in colours varying from pink, red and black to pale green, cinnamon brown, through to emerald-green. These green garnets are laced with chromium and known as tsavorite – which is connected to Tsavo in Kenya where the gem was discovered. Hessonite, the cinnamon brown version comes from Sri Lanka and India, as well as Brazil and California.