The reddish glare of garnets has attracted humans for as long as 5000 years. The name derives itself from the Latin Granatum, meaning seeds of the fruit pomegranate - a loving comparison drawn to this beautiful red stone by ancient gem merchants. Although garnet refers to a diverse family of stones, they come with similar structures and varying appearances. The properties of garnet are the stuff of folklore, famous in cultures from around the world.
Historic records of garnet being used in jewellery come from the Egyptian civilisation as early as 3100 BC. Garnet gemstone jewellery has also been used by gemstone manufacturers since the Victorian era, where it was rose-cut for embellishment in the Bohemian artworks of fine jewellery. Considered among some of the most popular gemstones, it forms the basis of Garnet birthstone jewelry that is custom made for January borns.
Ancient Indian astrology holds garnet in very high regard. It is said that ‘garnet brings gratitude to the wearer’, enhancing their positive outlook towards the outlying world. Over the ages, Garnet has been recorded to have tremendous effects on Sacral and Solar Plexus of the body, which in turn amplifies prosperity and well-being of the wearer.
Chemically garnet consists of varied forms of silicate, among which the Grossular Garnet is a powerful spiritual stone granting power to one’s will and awakening creative energies.
Garnet is one of the most durable stones, making it a favourite for pendants, rings, and other daily-wear ornaments:
1. Daily-use: Garnets need only be protected from sudden falls and heavy impacts. Make sure you do not put excessive weight on the stone directly.
2. Cleansing: Due to its high endurance and durability, garnet can be cleansed using the ultrasonic cleansing machines as well as mild soap and commercially available jewellery cleaners. You may use a brush for proper cleaning; make sure to rinse and dry thoroughly.