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January Birthstone

Garnet – History and Lore

Raw Garnet StoneGarnet is the birthstone for the ones born in January and under the sun signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. It is said to be a perfect gift for the 2nd and 6th anniversaries. The name Garnet is derived from Latin word ‘raranatus’ means ‘seed like’ in reference to pomegranate. Comparing it with pomegranate actually makes sense as the garnet looks like the bright red seed we see in pomegranates. Although, people thought that garnet is just a stone but technically speaking, it is a family of minerals with 10 stones having similar crystal structure. As the science, the history of garnet is also very fascinating. Let’s check some of the interesting facts and lore about garnet.

Some interesting facts about Garnet

It is one of the most plentiful of gems.

Years ago, the necks of Egypt pharaohs were adorned by the red garnet necklaces. Garnets were adorned in many royal garments, amongst those of the wives of the Russian Tsars, Marry Queen of the Scots and of Queen Victoria.

To stamp the wax for secured important documents, Signet rings with carved Garnets were used in Ancient Rome.

Over 465 carats of garnet was possessed by The King of Saxony.

Plato’s portrait was portrayed on a garnet by a Roman engraver.

Bohemia was one of the largest sources of garnet, and at one time, maintaining, polishing and cutting garnet was one of the biggest occupations in the country. Many churches and castles of Bohemia had amazing interiors decorated with garnet.

Garnet was also very popular in Europe in 18th and 19th century and was used in Victorian jewelry.

Garnet was also represented as sun in Spanish astrology.

It was also known as ‘Carbuncle’, which refers to a boil and relates to its color. It was believed to be one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon. It is also said to have been one of the twelve stones of High Priest Aaron’s breastplate.

It was believed to cure many health problems of the wearer, like protection against bad dreams, depression and hemorrhages. Also worn to relieve inflammations of the skin.

The legends believed that a garnet engraved with the figure of lion protects and preserves wearer’s health, cure him from all diseases and protects him from all the possible troubles in the travelling.

According to the legends, the glowing garnet was used by Noah to represent it as an arc during those dark days and night.

The Christians considered the blood red garnet as Christ’s sacrifice for humanity.

It was also considered as The Fourth Heaven of the Moslems by the Korans.

The Greeks believed garnet as a guard for children drowning. It was also considered as the protection against poison. The Greeks believed garnet as a guard for children drowning. It was also considered as the protection against poison.

It is referred to mend broken bond of love and related to the eternity as per the Greek mythology.

Garnet is a symbol of separated love and quick return as it was gifted to Persephone by Hades before she left him to ensure speedy return.

The tribes in India consider garnet would inflict wound, especially one with the blood wounds.

One of the most intrusive uses of garnet was during the 1890’s in India, when Hanza tribal soldiers used them as their armament to fire upon British soldiers, during an uprising in the Kashmir territory.