Garnet Uses, Benefits, and History

garnet crystal with plants

The Spruce / Kara Riley

Common advice when one cannot purchase jewelry with ruby is to choose garnet as it has similar properties for a much more affordable price. Just like the ruby stone, garnet carries the energy of passion, creativity, and joy. It exudes vitality, power, and nourishment of sensual energy because it evokes the spirit of the fire element.

As with all crystals and gemstones, it's important to know both the similarities between crystals, as well as the differences. Let's look at what makes garnet unique.

closeup of a garnet
The Spruce / Kara Riley

Garnet Variations

Even though red is the most known color of garnet, this fiery gemstone also comes in green, pink, yellow, brown, purple, and even black. Garnet can also be found in a translucent, almost colorless variety. If you're lucky, you may come across a specific type of garnet that can change its color depending on the type of lighting. 

Used since ancient times, garnet has accumulated its share of legends and lore. It was worn during battles as it was considered a warrior stone believed to protect one from wounds. Garnet was also revered as a stone of truth and commitment and was treated as a sacred stone in many cultures. Along with aquamarine, peridot, fire opal, sapphire and ruby, garnet was also one of the stones on the breastplate of the High Priest.

What's so Special About Garnet?

Garnet possess unique qualities to fulfill a wide spectrum of energetic needs—from improving one's vitality and health to protection from negativity. Because it's such an energizing stone, garnet is often used for manifestation purposes and worn as a talisman for good luck. In addition to bringing vitality, high energy, and protection, garnet also helps build self-confidence and clarify one's life purpose.

Being widely available, thus affordable, garnet can make a great choice for one who experiences low energy levels. To benefit from this specific quality of garnet, you can choose to carry several garnet stones with you or, even better, go for a ​jewelry piece with garnet. A garnet bracelet or necklace can also help revitalize one's energy levels. 

Garnet Origins

Depending on its specific variety, garnet comes from many parts of the world. Most of the garnet on the market today comes from India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and the USA. The name Garnet comes from the Latin Granatum for pomegranate because the color of this crystal resembles the seeds of the pomegranate fruit.

What Are the Specific Properties of Garnet?

Garnet is often called the stone of health because it is believed to have so many health benefits, especially in strengthening one's blood. The most celebrated property of garnet is its ability to improve the energy flow by revitalizing one's personal energy.

Because of its energizing properties, garnet is believed to help one succeed in business as it can help turn the energy of crisis into opportunities. Garnet can also bring calm to one's spirit by re-directing negative and chaotic energy into a more harmonious and clear one. It has unique abilities in terms of working with one's energy—it can activate and energize, or it can calm and pacify—all depending on what's needed for the overall health and balance.

Garnet also:

  • Helps ignite love and passion
  • Strengthens one's personal energy
  • Heightens creativity and inspiration
  • Improves one's daily energy levels
  • Establishes faith and trust
  • Opens the heart
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Promotes joy

The passionate garnet is the birthstone of the Aquarius, as well as the Capricorn zodiac signs, and it expresses the energy of the month of January. Garnet is also the birthstone of those born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rat.

If you feel that garnet is the stone that can help improve your energy and achieve specific goals, be sure to purchase one as a tumbled stone, or as a faceted gemstone in a jewelry piece. Garnet is not expensive, and is readily available from many retailers, from crystal shops to jewelry stores.