Anamika S Jain is a social media consultant and blogger. She is passionate about topics like astrology, numerology, feng shui and gemstones.
Garnet Gemstone - Birthstone of January
Garnet is a semiprecious gemstone species which come in a wide variety of colors and types just like Tourmaline. This stone is the modern, traditional and ayurvedic birthstone for those born in the month of January. It is the talismanic stone for the Zodiac Sign of Taurus and Planetary stone for Scorpio. Garnet is also the wedding anniversary gemstone associated with the 2nd and 6th years of marriage and the base Chakra. The name of this gemstone is derived from the Latin word "granatum" which means pomegranate because of its resemblance in color with Pomegranate seeds. Although Garnet is normally seen in the color of pomegranate seeds, it is also seen in a multitude of other colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, pink, brown, purple or colorless because of the unique combinations of elements such as iron, calcium and manganese in the gem. Most of the varieties of Garnets are named based on their color.
Garnets have a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale and are suitable for making gemstone jewelry. Garnet vibrates well with the number 2. Garnet gemstones are found worldwide. Major occurrences are seen in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Myanmar, Siberia, Italy, Kenya, Thailand, Australia, India, Pakistan, Scotland, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Tanzania and the United States.
Types of Garnet
Garnets are silicates and are seen in different colors. They also mostly have names based on their colors. Six common species of garnet are recognized by their chemical composition. Apart from these there are mixtures made up of more than one variety of garnets. Information on some of the popular types of Garnets is given below.
- Pyrope (Bohemian Garnet or Cape Ruby) - deep red, orangey red
- Almandine - red to violet red
- Spessartine - Yellow, Rose, Orange)
- Uvarovite - green
- Grossular (Grossularite, or Gooseberry Garnet) - White, yellow, black, orange brown (Hessonite or Cinnamon Stone), yellowish green, dark green (Tsavorite), brownish red, pink (Rosolite)
- Andradite - colorless, yellowish green, emerald green (Demantoid Garnet), brown to black
- Rhodolite - Purplish red
Healing Properties and Uses of Garnet Gemstones
The existence of this gem can be traced back to as old as 3100 BC when garnet used to be a part of the ancient Egyptian and Sumerian Jewelry. The stone was set in shields, buckles and other items worn by Crusaders as this stone was believed to give courage to the wearer. This stone was also worn as a lucky charm by warriors of the medieval times for success and protection.
Garnet has several other uses apart from stones for making jewelry. Garnet sand is a good abrasive and used as a replacement for silica sand in sand blasting. Garnet is also used to cut steel and other materials in water jets. Garnet sand is also used for water filtration media. Garnets are said to be helpful in treating inflammations of the skin, hemorrhage, rheumatism, thyroid and blood pressure. Those having depression can put garnet gemstone under the pillow to cure it. Wearing Garnet jewelry can protect one against nightmares. This stone is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression and lethargy. Garnet stone is also said to help in increasing the passion and sexual drive. This stone is especially helpful when searching or meditating on past lives. A garnet gemstone can help balance and stimulate the entire chakra system from the base chakra to the crown chakra.
This stone is also considered an ideal gem for wearing for Career success and building relationships as it would help increase your personal magnetism. Garnets are also known for stimulating success in business. This stone is popular as a wedding jewelry too as it is said to bring in unconditional love, happiness, passion, romance, devotion and stability in relationships.
Jewelry made with garnet gemstones are extremely popular because of its beauty and characteristics. It is ideal for jewelry making as it has a hardness of 7-7.5 on the mohs scale. However, like any other gemstone jewelry, Garnets also should be protected from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.
Kalpa Weerakoon from Sri Lanka on January 14, 2013:
for career success and Love, I believe the stone is Ruby :D
Jenny on February 12, 2012:
ThAnks that helped a lot with what I needed. Not! Sorry I got a little jwow
dare on October 28, 2011:
this website rock
ellen janet on September 03, 2010:
its my month ,now i can see why things go on well it comes with the month
Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on July 23, 2010:
I love garnets!
I just found this hub, as I have just completed a couple of hubs on garnets, myself.
(I linked to this ~ hope that's ok :))
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on April 09, 2009:
Thanks for the visit Cris.
Cris A from Manila, Philippines on December 25, 2008:
This is great as garnet is my birthstone! My bday is on January 6 (and you said 6 is significant to years of marriage!). wow i learned a lot my birthstone in just one sitting! thanks :D