Garnet varieties and origins:
In Latin, granatus is an adjective meaning “having many seeds” and designates the pomegranet fruit. The seeds of the fruit recall the shape and stunning red colour of the garnet.
It is one of the only untreated gem families on the market.
Virtues, myths and legends surrounding the Garnet:
Since early times, throughout centuries and cultures, the garnet - 'stone of plenty' has been revered as a talisman, believed to protect, strengthen and encourage the success of those who wear it. A symbol of truth, commitment and faithfulness, it is also associated with emotions and love.
History and legend:
Garnets can be found on each of the 5 continents with deposits in Russia, India, Tanzania, Madagascar, Brasil, Canada and even in certain regions of France. Therefore its only natural that the stones are linked to popular beliefs in numerous parts of the world.
A hard stone (7 to 7.5 Mohs), garnets are not only used for jewellery and lithotherapy, it was used for engraving other stones and is also widely known and used as an abrasive.
Garnets were popular in ancient civilisations, we find traces of them in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
In the bible, the light that guided Noah's arch was a large garnet. In the Coran, the carbuncles (another name for garnets) are mentioned as adorning wings.
It is traditionally given as a 2nd wedding anniversary gift.
Which metals should you use to set Garnets:
Garnet stones look fantastic on both yellow and rose gold which bring out the deep nuances of the stone's colour. As it is reasonably easy to come by and relatively affordable stone, it is also found on sterling silver jewellery and often in quite large sizes.