To continue our discovery of semi-precious stones, I propose the following article to you this month: What is Garnet?
Through this article, we are therefore going to address multiple points such as its history, its benefits and virtues, its different varieties and a whole host of other information that will help you to better choose your stone or your birthstone.
Origin and History
Known for many years, garnets have gone down in history. It would seem that this story begins with Théophraste (a philosopher of ancient Greece) who had already called them anthrax. They are stones that have always been admired for their beauty and are very often used to decorate jewelry.
The best-known variety of Garnet is certainly the red, or red-purple (Mozambique Garnet and Rhodolite). The protagonist of many ancient narratives, it plays a role in Greek mythology that is mentioned in the episode of the abduction of Persephone to hell, while in both Hebrew and Muslim traditions it is its splendor to be praised.
The red garnet has not only been cited in ancient legends but also carved and worked as a gemstone since ancient times. The Vikings wore garnet jewelry as funeral ornaments to illuminate the deceased on the journey to Walhalla, while the Crusaders decorated their armour with this gem for added courage in battle.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Garnet will be especially loved and coveted as a Precious Stone, in particular the Bohemian garnet.
At the Time of the Romans
Garnets already existed and were called carbuncles (dark red garnet). Whether in Greece, in Rome or ancient Egypt, we found garnets cut into shapes of faces or animals.
From a Religious Point of view
If the Bible is to be believed, Noah would have used a Garnet beacon to direct his bow in the darkness of the Flood. As for Qur’an, the fourth heaven would be made up of carbuncles.
The Vikings and the garnets
They used them during funeral ceremonies. According to them, this stone could guide the dead to “Valhalla”, their paradise.
In the xviii Century
It is said that the European courtiers were crazy about the garnets of Bohême … The principality of Hunza (Northern Pakistan) is passed under British control in 1891. The warriors then decided to shoot the British into Kashmir with garnet balls. Why? Because they considered that their blood-red color gave them a more deadly character.
What does the name “Garnet” mean?
Garnet’s name derives simply from the Latin “malum Granatum” which means “fruit to grains” (grain or seed). It is indeed that its resplendent red color recalls the grains contained in the Granada.
Another story also seems to tell that its name is due to the rounded shape of the first rough stones found, which were very similar to the appearance of a red seeds of the pomegranate.
It should be clarified that this Precious Stone comes in different colors, not only in shades of red and if we look at the crystal under the microscope the crystals are more cubic than round.
Origin Composition of Garnet Gemstone
Garnet stone gets its mineral origin from its isometric crystalline system. Also called pyrope-almandine when used alone, most garnets are often presented in two categories: neosilicates and fine stones for quality garnets.
Composed almost exclusively of garnet, it is then spoken of grenatite, but this stone is also a component of certain metamorphic rocks (eclogites, paragneiss) that then makes it possible to specify the history of its pressure and its temperature.
Garnet is a relative of isomorphic minerals, of the 4 / m32 / m class of the cubic system, with derived conditions: From the class of nesosilicates, from the Greek nesos (island), they are formed in a three-dimensional way from isolated and disconnected tetrahedra, sharing without However, octahedral and tetrahedral peaks, made up of oxygen atoms all identical.
In the space between these polyhedra there are cavities in the form of triangular dodecahedra, in which the divalent cations with coordination 8 are placed. These cavities can be described as tetragonal antiprism deformed in such a way that the vertices are no longer coplanar. The mesh is very large as it contains no less than 96 oxygens. No cleavage was observed.
The different types of Garnet are silicates of similar crystalline structure, but the chemical composition of their varieties varies, which gives each type different colors and properties.
The Garnet represents a family of minerals that belongs to the family of Nésosilicates that crystallizes. It is a family that consists of several varieties of stones that can be translucent or not transparent according to the models. These stones have a hardness of 6 to 7.5 on the Mohs ladder and a density of 3.5 to 4.3.
Characteristics of Garnet
Despite its similar structure, the presence of some metal remains (manganese, calcium, etc.) It allows the formation of a very vast range of different colors, ranging from violet to chocolate, through green, yellow, pink and red, with a total of thirty-eight different types of Garnet.
Extraction of the Garnet
Where is the Center Finding Points of the Garnet?
As we have already seen in the articles devoted to other stones, the deposits are sometimes difficult to find. The advantage with Garnet is that the deposits are abundant. We also find it on the other hand in France, on the side of the island of Groix in Brittany. But various combinations of Garnet are mined also in India, in Tanzania, in Madagascar, in Russia, in Canada, in Brazil, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and many other places still!
We find these minerals in:
- Magmatic rocks
- The pegmatites
- Metasomatic rocks by contact with magma
- The crystalline slates
Virtues and Properties in Lithotherapy
Garnet is considered to be a stone of transformation capable of overcoming difficulties, intensifying love passion and improving sexual appetite. It represents the creativity but also the vitality that is necessary to carry out personal and professional projects, freeing him from conditioning. It is a stone that adapts to calm and laid people, it should be discouraged from jealous or angry people.
In the Civilization
Garnet is often known as “the stone of health.” It aids in the dissolution of negative energy and the acceleration of manifestation, bringing creative energies to the fore. The garnet emits loving energy and regulates the energy flow in the psychic areas.
Garnet Helps in integration and regeneration on the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels, as well as learning to flow with the energy waves. It promotes vitality as well as a stabilising effect. It acts as a cleanser and purifier, stimulating the user’s creativity, confidence, security, and enthusiasm.
Garnet, which works through the root chakra, aids in the stabilisation and protection of the physical body. This red stone is particularly beneficial to the blood, spine, and circulatory system, and it also aids certain women in managing their hormones during their periods.
About the Physical Intent
- Regulates blood circulation
- Take care of bleeding problems
- Provides energy
- Fortify the heart
- Fight against infections (garnet andradite démantoïde)
- Revives sexual energy
- Fight against insomnia and allergies (hessonite garnet)
- Improves fertility (spessartite garnet)
- Relieves rheumatism and arthritis
About the Psychological Intent
- Purify the chakras
- Soothe frustrations
- Eliminate stress (tsavorite garnet)
- Regenerates passion (almandine garnet)
- Helps take regression
- Develop perseverance
- Away melancholy and depression (garnet pyrope)
- Brings joy and serenity
- Enhance creativity
Colors and Types of Garnet Gemstones
Additionally regularly you will find this Gem in red color. However, there are numerous varieties due to the chemical composition of this mineral. Let’s Have a Look at some Different Types of Garnet Stone.
When you picture a garnet, you probably envision a dark red gemstone. However January’s birthstone can actually be found in a variety of different colors. Most gemstone quality garnets can be classified as one or a mixture of these five Main Garnet types.
Some Other Types of Garnet Gemstone are also popular but less then Above Five, Let’s have a look;
- Color Change
The typical color change in these Garnets is from bluish-green to purple-red and from khaki green to orange-red and is caused by a high percentage of vanadium. Sometimes the presence of chromium, magnesium, manganese, and iron is responsible for the color change.
For the undecided, the best option is still to opt for a jewel produced from different varieties of Garnet, such as this handmade Mala composed of 108 Garnet stones with multiple colors. The list is long and there are still many, I invite you to complete your searches by reading other articles or files on the subject.
Thus, you can choose according to your preferences and discover colored purple and brown garnets, oranges, greens, yellows. Unfortunately, these Garnets with such an optical effect are in small dimensions, but this does not spoil the magic of their charm.
Garnet vs. Ruby
What’s the Difference between these two Gemstones?
Garnet and ruby are spectacular gemstones that are both red and are usually effortlessly twisted with one another.
Although they have equal coloration, they are absolutely different. The most significant difference between these two gemstones is their durability. Rubies are more durable than garnets. Rubies have a rating of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale while garnets have an intermediate rating of between 7 and 7.5 on the scale.
There is also a distinction in the richness of the red coloration between the two gemstones. The fiery passionate red color of ruby produces a garnet that seems pale when they are set side by side. When analysing the color of a garnet against a glare source, you’ll see light of yellow and green. As you analyse the color of a ruby against a light source, you’ll see reflections of red and blue.
Also, garnets can be discerned from rubies by examining their refractive properties. Garnet is a single refractive gemstone while ruby is a dual refractive gemstone.
Celebrities Spotted Wearing Garnet Jewelry Pieces
Emma Stone’s Garnet Jewelry
Emma Stone is an American actress, an Oscar winner and a producer also. She Gives Many times a Major Goals for Wearing Garnet Jewelry Pieces in Many Occasions and Events.
Emma’s Garnet Necklace
In Above Picture you can see that How Emma’s Big Garnet Necklace will showcase her neckline a Beautiful touch.
Emma’s Designer Garnet Earrings
Look at above image, from the left Garnet Diamond Chandelier Earrings, Center Diamond Garnet Small Chandelier Earrings, and last at Right two small Garnet Drop Earrings.
Addison Rae Easterling is an amazing singer, actor, and social media sensation from the United States. Personality on social media Rows upon rows of gleaming garnet-colored beads leads to a longer string accented with a juicy drop pendant in Addison Rae’s Necklace.
Carla Bruni Sarkozy is a fashion model and Italian-French singer-songwriter. Carla Bruni wearing the Bulgari Diva high jewelry necklace in pink gold, set with 471.07ct of Rubellite, Green Peridot, garnets and diamonds, and earrings showcases peridots, Rubellite and diamonds.
She is Wearing Garnet Diamond Choker Necklace Made in Yellow Gold Metal!!
As See in Picture, She is Wearing a Garnet Gemstone Beautiful Chandelier earrings!!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Garnet Pearl Ring, Which Gives a Royal Choice Goals.
She is wearing Garnet Halo Engagement Ring at Emmy Awards, looks stunning in her fingers.
She look stunning by Wearing Garnet Halo Diamond Choker Necklace!!
She is Wearing Garnet Drop Earrings, and Gives a Major goals for Party look Ideas.
Popular Celebrity Birthdays in January
If you were born in January then you should know that Many Celebrities are also born in the Same Month as you also.
Morris Lamont Chestnut is a great Producer and American actor.
Born: 1 January 1969, Cerritos, California, US
Florence Pugh is a Young English actress who started her acting debut in 2014.
Born: 3 January 1996, Oxford, UK
Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, education advocate, and mathematics writer also.
Born: 3 January 1975, La Jolla, California, US
Columcille, Mel Gerard Gibson AO is an actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter from the USA.
Born: 3 January 1956, Peekskill, New York, US
Bradley Charles Cooper is a Film Producer and actor from the USA.
Born: 5 January 1975, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE is an English actor, Good writer and comedian also. He is best known for his work on the Mr Bean.
Born: 6 January 1955, Consett, UK
Edward John David Redmayne OBE is an English model and actor.
Born: 6 January 1982, Westminster, London, UK
Nicolas Kim Coppola, known skillfully as Nicolas Cage, is a filmmaker and American actor.
Born: 7 January 1964, Long Beach, California
Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor.
Born: 7 January 1971, Modesto, California, US
Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, known as Mj Rodriguez professionally, is an American actress and singer. She is the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe.
Born: 7 January 1991, New Jersey, US
Katherine Anne Couric is an American journalist, producer, presenter, and author.
Born: 7 January 1957, Arlington County, Virginia, US
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and Good actor.
Born: 8 January 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi
David Robert Jones OAL, known as David Bowie, was a singer, songwriter and a good actor.
Born: 8 January 1947, London, UK
Died: 10 January 2016, New York, US
Kate Middleton – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is a member of the British monarchical family.
Born: 9 January 1982, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, UK
Jonathan Kimble Simmons is an American actor.
Born: 9 January 1955, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, US
Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva, famously known as Nina Dobrev, is a Canadian actress. She is presently in a relationship with pro snowboarder Shaun White.
Born: 9 January 1989, Sofia, Bulgaria
Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE is a British rock and pop singer, record producer, and songwriter. He is in a Relationship with Penny Lancaster, and Just Broke it.
Born: 10 January 1945, Highgate, London, UK
Mary J. Blige
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, musician and actress.
Born: 11 January 1971, Bronx, New York
Zain Javadd Malik is a famous British singer. Recently He is split up after six years of dating Gigi Hadid.
Born: 12 January 1993, Bradford, UK
Jo-Issa Rae Diop, ascribe professionally as Issa Rae, is an American actress, writer, and producer.
Born: 12 January 1985, Los Angeles, California, US
Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and comedian, television personality, and author.
Born: 12 January 1954, Jackson Heights, New York, US
Robert Bartleh Cummings, professionally known as Rob Zombie, is an American singer, filmmaker, songwriter, and voice actor.
Born: 12 January 1965, Haverhill, Massachusetts, US
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom is a famous actor. He is in a relationship with a American singer Katy Perry from 2016 to 2017 before shortly naming it quits. They were officially back jointly by 2018, and one year later, he proposed on Valentine’s Day.
Born: 13 January 1977, Canterbury, UK
Jason Kent Bateman is an American actor, producer, and director.
Born: 14 January 1969, Rye, New York, US
Steven Andrew Soderbergh is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor.
Born: 14 January 1963, Atlanta, Georgia, US
Regina Rene King is an American actress and a good director. In 2019, Time magazine designated her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Born: 15 January 1971, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
John Howard Carpenter is an American film producer, actor and composer.
Born: 16 January 1948, Carthage, New York, US
Katherine Ann Moss is a businesswoman and British supermodel.
Born: 16 January 1974, Croydon, UK
Betty Marion White Ludden was an actress and a good comedian.
Born: 17 January 1922, Oak Park, Illinois.
Died: 31 December 2021, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Broderick Stephen Harvey, Sr. is an American television and radio presenter, author, actor, businessman, and retired stand-up comedian.
Born: 17 January 1957, Welch, West Virginia, US
Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, songwriter, and film producer.
Born: 18 January 1955, Lynwood, California, US
Dolly Parton’s net worth is $600 million as of 2022. Dolly Rebecca Parton is a music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman & humanitarian from the USA known for her work in country music.
Born: 19 January 1946, Pittman Center, Tennessee, US
David Keith Lynch is an American filmmaker, musician, painter, visual artist, and a good writer also.
Born: 20 January 1946, Missoula, Montana, US
William Maher is an American comedian, political commentator, and good television host.
Born: 20 January 1956, New York, New York, US
Matthew Lyn Lillard is an American actor, director, comedian, and producer.
Born: 24 January 1970, Lansing, Michigan, US
Alicia Augello Cook, known as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter and a good actress also.
Born: 25 January 1981, Hell’s Kitchen, New York, US
Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, excellent television host, writer, and producer. Portia de Rossi and Ellen have had a relationship together since 2008.
Born: 26 January 1958, Metairie, Louisiana, US
Patton Peter Oswalt is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and screenwriter.
Born: 27 January 1969, Portsmouth, Virginia, US
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk concert commentator, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist.
Born: 29 January 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi, US
Sarah Caroline Sinclair CBE, known professionally as Olivia Colman, is an English actress.
Born: 30 January 1974, Norwich, UK
Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama is an American producer, actor and television personality.
Born: 30 January 1980, Miami, Florida, US
Eiza González Reyna is a Mexican actress and a famous singer.
Born: 30 January 1990, Mexico City, Mexico
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Born: 31 January 1981, Memphis, Tennessee, US
Portia de Rossi
Portia Lee James DeGeneres, known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian-American businesswoman, philanthropist, and former model and actress.
Born: 31 January 1973, Horsham, Australia
How Do I Care for my stone?
Garnet varieties cannot be exposed to extreme temperatures, as they would damage the gem. No matter how different your stone is, it should be imperative to stay away from extreme temperatures. A heat shock could cause irreversible damage. To clean it, you just have to run it under running water regularly (once a week) and to purify it, you can immerse it in distilled salty water.
Refill the Garnet
There are several ways to do this:
- Full sun;
- With magnetic energy
- In an amethyst geode
- In a heap of quartz
What Chakra is associated with Garnet?
As with astrological signs, different chakras can be associated with Garnet. In its most available condition, the following Chakras are connected to it:
- Root Chakra (1st Chakra)
- Solar Plexus Chakra (3rd Chakra)
- Heart Chakra (4th Chakra)
Garnet is generally associated in January and therefore with the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. However, given the many varieties that exist, many other signs can be attached to the stone depending on the variety chosen.
Practical Tips: When choosing your Garnet, know that the more transparent it is, the higher its price.