One of the most popular associations of garnet crystal is with the ruby stone. The typical 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 will all crystals and gemstones, though, it is important to know both the similarities between crystals, as well as the differences. Let's look at what makes garnet unique.
The name Garnet comes from the Latin Granatum for pomegranate because the color of this crystal resembles the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Even though red is the most known color of garnet, this fiery gemstone also comes in green, pink, yellow, brown, purple and even black colors. Garnet can also be found in a translucent, almost colorless variety. If you are lucky, you can come across a specific type of garnet that can change its color depending on the type of lighting.
Used since ancient times, garnet had certainly accumulated its share of legends and lore. It was considered a warrior stone believed to protect one from wounds so it was worn during battles. Garnet was also revered as a stone of truth and commitment and was treated as a sacred stone in many cultures—from the Native American Indians to the African tribal elders. Along with aquamarine, peridot, fire opal, sapphire and ruby, garnet was also one of the stones on the breastplate of the High Priest.
What Is 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 is such an energizing stone, garnet is often used for manifestation purposes and won 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 such as garnet beaded necklace, for example. A garnet bracelet can also help revitalize one's energy levels.
Where Does Garnet Come From?
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 USA.
What Are the Specific Properties of Garnet?
The most noticeable property of garnet is its ability to improve the energy flow by revitalizing one's personal energy. In fact, garnet is often called the stone of health because it is believed to have so many health benefits, especially in strengthening one's blood.
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 to benefit from. Garnet can also bring calm to one's personal energy by re-directing the 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 it or it can calm and pacify it—all depending on what is needed for the overall health and balance.
- 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 easily available from many retailers, from crystal shops to jewelry stores.