Business Success, Manifestation, Prosperity, Regeneration, Career, Vitality, Passion, Sexual Energy
Garnet is derived from the Latin word “granate” which means seed, because of its similarity in appearance to a pomegranate seed.
Garnets in all their variety are found in a wide range of colors including: red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, bue, green, brown, black and colorless.
Garnets are found in the United States, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, China, India, Brazil, and Madagascar.
The most well-known types of garnet are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, tsavorite, hessonite and uvarovite. Garnets show up throughout history, starting all the way back in the Bronze Age, and in Egypt as far back as 3000BC. It was one of the twelve gemstones on the breastplate of the High Priest Aaron in the Old Testament, and the Talmud states that a large carbuncle garnet was the only light aboard Noah’s ark. Ancient civilizations in the Americas and Africa held garnet as sacred. The Greeks used garnet for many things, for its mystical powers as much as in their jewelry and adornments. The Greeks believed that garnet could reconcile feuding lovers.
By the time the garnet had gained in popularity in Ancient Greece and Rome, the garnet was known all across the world. In Asia, the ancient tribes would use garnets as stones for their sling bows. They held the belief that the color of the garnet gave it an affinity for blood and wounds, wounding enemies more easily and creating a more grievous injury. Similarly, other cultures believed that the garnet’s affinity to blood made it a clotting agent, and others believed that wearing garnet into battle would protect them from being wounded. Garnets were used as a talisman during the Crusades for both sides, Christian and Muslim.
Garnets, at various times, have been known as the stone of Warriors, and as a stone of Conquerors, including but not limited to romantic conquests. It’s been documented by King Louis XIV’s wife, that her husband used garnets placed directly upon his genitals as a cure for a lacking sex drive and impotence.
Garnet is recognized as the birthstone for January. It is also the state mineral of Connecticut, the gemstone of new York, and the state gemstone of Idaho. It is still used today as an ornamental gem, but is also used extensively for industrial applications, everything from delicate technical instruments to industrial-strength abrasives.
One of garnet’s best known attributes is its role in creating success in business. Many believe that placing three or more garnets in your work space (on your desk, near the phone, by your computer… wherever you do the bulk of your work) will jump start your business. This attribute is given to all garnets, but is deemed especially powerful in spessartine garnets. Garnets are also attributed with positive outcomes to lawsuits.
Garnets help make dreams into reality, placing one’s steps firmly on the ground while opening up the opportunities for manifesting dreams. They attract prosperity and abundance, and are especially helpful when one owns their own business.
One of the next most popular attributes of garnet is its energizing and invigorating effect on the libido and intimacy in general. Garnet is said to heighten sex-drive, and re-energize the entire sexual system. But it isn’t just about boosting sex-drive, it is more about balancing all aspects of intimacy and love, the emotional, spiritual and physical. This gives garnets their reputation for stones of love and passion.
Part of what garnet does for relationships is it creates an energy of positive commitment and devotion. It boosts loyalty, love, honesty and compassion. It re-energizes a relationship and/or friendship with hope and faithfulness. It assists the bearer is seeing a person for who they truly are, and it helps bring about emotional harmony to all who come in contact with its energy. Lore says that garnet can help a mourning widow find new love.
Garnets are also known as a stone of manifestation. The manifestation is especially strong in the areas of abundance and business success, but also in all areas of a person’s career. Part of this comes from garnet’s vibration of confidence and inspiration, opening up new opportunities, and help a person see a clear path towards one’s goal’s.
There are protective attributes assigned to garnet as well. It is said to help protect its bearer on trips. Folklore says that garnets also protect from evil, the evil eye, and curses. A garnet near the bed or beneath one’s pillow is said to help protect from nightmares.
Garnet is said to help purify the body and reduce the amount of toxins.
Almandine is a gem also known as carbuncle, which comes from the Latin “carbunculus” which means live coals. The name Almandine itself stems from a region in Asia Minor called Alabanda, where the mineral was believed to be worked in ancient times. Almandine garnets represent protection, strength, will, relationships and sexual love.
Pyrope gets its name from the Greek pyropos which means “fire-eyed.” Pyrope is a deep, luscious red in color, and is the only garnet to always appear naturally red. Pyrope garnet represents creativity and inspiration, energy and attractiveness. It is a stone of high energy and warm sensuality.
Spessartine gets its name from Spessart, Bavaria, where it was first identified. Nowadays it can be found in the US, Tanzania, Madagascar, Afghanistan, India, Myanmar and Australia. The gem crystals are a most gorgeous deep orange color (generally), and radiate with warmth and inner light. Spessartines resonate with the energy of courage, confidence, will, mental clarity, creativity and personal power.
Spessartine garnets are considered especially beneficial for business success. I have kept a gorgeous little spessartine garnet on my desk since my business was in its infancy, and it hasn’t failed me yet.
Andradite is a garnet that generally shows up in shades of green, olive, yellow, and black. Green demantoid garnets are one of the most rare and most valuable. It’s been said that andradite garnets represent strength, security, personal power and higher thinking. It helps bring people together.
Tsavorite is one of the grossular garnet group (hessonite being the other). Trace amounts of vanadium and/or chromium give tsavorite its deep, gorgeous green coloration. Tsavorite got its name from Tsavo National Park in Kenya which is where the gem was first successfully mined. Tsavorite is a more recent discovery, brought from the earth first in 1967 by British geologist Dr. Campbell Bridges in Tanzania. However, the Tanzanian government would not allow the stones to be exported, so Dr. Bridges looked for tsavorite across the border in Kenya. It wasn’t until 1974, when Tiffany and Co began advertising and informing the public about tsavorite that the gem became known outside of gem collectors and geological specialists.
Tsavorite carries on the garnet tradition of energetic properties of manifestation and prosperity. It is said that it can lessen stress and financial anxiety. It is a stone of love and the Mother Earth, and of renewal, and it encourages gratitude and service to others.
Tsavorite is considered by some to be a better quality green stone than emeralds, and is quite a bit rarer than emerald as well.
Uvarovite is rare and generally appears as a bright green gem in small crystals, often in drusy form. Its color comes from chromium, and it is the only garnet that is always green. It’s been found in Russia and Finland.
Uvarovite is believed to activate the heart, allowing one to embrace all of life’s gifts with peace and joy. The stone represents prosperity and wealth.