The garnet gemstone brings success to passionate and active people who spare no effort to achieve their goal. It is a faithful friend to people who give their whole heart to work. The Persians especially valued it, considering it a royal stone, and carved portraits of rulers on its surface. Legends spread about the mysterious powers of the garnet. In ancient times it was believed that it lifts the mood, gives freshness, guarantees successful delivery of the fetus and easy childbirth, provides vitality and energy. At one time, a garnet was considered an ornament for young girls, but in the Middle Ages it was mostly worn by men as a stone to protect against wounds.
The garnet was worshiped as a sacred stone by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, and is now valued by experts from the Native African and American people of North and South America. Ancient Egyptian priests adorned the garments of the statue of the goddess Isis with garnets to emphasize the vitality (blood – a symbol of life, the renewal of nature) and power of her blood as a goddess of nature. Garnet stones were especially popular in the Victorian era.
A ring with a garnet eye helps the owner to establish and maintain friendship, redirects danger, protects from betrayal, dispels sad “black” thoughts. A gold ring with a garnet eye, given to a loved one, signifies noble feelings, love, gratitude and matchmaking. A grenade amulet protects travelers from accidents.
The garnet stone helps with health. The healing powers of the garnet are explained by the fact that this stone unifies the beginnings of Fire and Earth and hides enormous energy. Eastern medicine recommends treating diseases related to the excess of the element of fire in the body (various inflammations, high fever, lung diseases, bronchitis, headaches, etc.) with a garnet in a silver splint.
The garnet stone provides energy to the body and maintains a good mood. It simply radiates the light of love and is therefore considered one of the best eliminators of emotional and sexual imbalance and disharmony. It gives love, passion, activity, stimulates the imagination, supports positive emotions to the life of a distressed person. Garnet is also suitable for normalization of poisoning, depression and heart disease, slowed thyroid function (drinking garnet elixir). It is the stone of the core chakra, which most likely restores the body’s energy needs, so it is also called the “day’s sleeper” stone, which awakens from drowsiness. Able to regenerate all body systems, especially strengthens and cleanses the circulatory system. But if you crave peace and rest, it can irritate and cause emotional tension.
It is said that a garnet gemstone gives its master the power to control others. The interesting thing is that garnets have long been known as a diamond trustee. Its location seems to indicate that kimberlite tube-diamond hideouts can also be found nearby.
The garnet gemstone is a red, clear, shiny silicate mineral, named after its resemblance to pomegranate fruits and seeds. In ancient treatises, garnet is also called carbuncle, although sometimes this name is given to ruby. In Latin, “carbunculus” means “charcoal,” and not just any, but bright burning embers, so garnet is considered a “heart-pleasing” stone.
The name of the stone itself suggests its color – from light to dark red. Pyrope is a famous stone found in the territory of the former Czechoslovakia, almandine – purple-red with a purple tinge, demantoid – a stone that attracts the eye with a special diamond luster, grossular – a greenish garnet, named after the Latin word “grossularia” – gooseberry. The most popular are bloody red pyropes.