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From the Latin granatium which means pomegranate, garnet is available in every color but blue
The weird and the wonderful
Garnet is widely known as a deep red gemstone, however its impact on fine jewelry is rarely known.
Available in a myriad of colors and varieties, notable garnets include: Almandine (red to purplish red), Pyrope (orange red, crimson, or dark red), Rhodolite (purplish red), Spessartite (Autumnal reds, oranges and browns), Demantoid (rich green) and Tsavorite (fine green) Garnet
Garnet crystals can grow to enormous sizes – in 1996, a single crystal weighing 37.5 tons was found near Alice Springs, Northern Territory of Australia.
History in a nutshell
From the Latin granatium which means pomegranate
As with many gemstone names, those in the garnet family evolved from Greek taxonomy. The suffix -ite at the end of gem names such as tsavorite is derived from the Greek litho, meaning stone.
Famous for its prominent use in Victorian jewelry, where it was fashioned as 'roses', or cut in a dome-shaped form known as 'carbuncles'.
January's birthstone, Garnet is thought to be a stone of love and passion, awakening creativity, positive energy, and self-confidence.
Primarily associated with the root chakra, depending on its color Garnet is effective at opening all of the chakras