Garnet jewelry allows us to have affordable red gem jewelry. It is beautiful in bracelets, rings, pendants, and necklaces. It is a lower priced alternative to ruby or pink tourmaline.
Gemstone Jewelry Birthstone Jewelry
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- January Birthstone: Modern, Traditional, and Ayurvedic Birthstone
- Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): Birthstone
- Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Birthstone/Lucky Charm
- Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Planetary Stone
Garnet varies in coloration from colorless to black though it is often thought of as only red. There are various types of garnet with the hardness ranging from 7 - 7.5.
Clean garnet jewelry with a dry soft cloth. As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.
Garnet is the anniversary gemstone for the 2nd and the 6th year of marriage.
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
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Mystical Properties ∓ Lore
Garnet is used as a power stone. Many energy healers say that it supports the basic chakra which is associated with power and prosperity.
Garnet is given as a symbol of: consistency, perseverence, and good health.
According to legend, Garnet gives its wearer guidance in night travel, protects them from night mares, promotes long-lasting love, and prevents depression and hearing difficulties.
In the past, Garnet was important to Christians who felt it reminded them of the crucifixion of Christ. As such it was not only used as January's birthstone but as a stone for Easter. It is thought that Medieval people believed garnet's powers would stop bleeding and heal inflammatory illnesses.
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