Garnet - January Featured Gemstone

Garnet is named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum.

It is said to be good luck to be given a garnet and bad luck to steal one..

Garnet has been used as a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, the South American Indians, the Mayans and the Aztecs and African tribal elders. 500 years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons.

Types of Garnet

Garnets are a related group of minerals. There are many different colors of garnet in this group. Members of this group include: almandine (red to violet red); spessartite (yellow, rose, or orange to reddish-brown); pyrope (deep red); grossular (white, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-red, orange or black); andradite (colorless, yellow-green, or brown to black). The most prized garnet is an emerald green variety called demantoid and is a member of the adradite group.

Sources of Garnet

Currently, the world's largest supply of garnets is the continent of Africa. In December 1996, a student in Central Australia discovered what is thought to be the largest single garnet ever found - measuring nearly one hundred feet across! Other sources of garnet include India, Soviet Union, Brazil and the United States.

Healing properties of Garnet

Beneficial For

Attracting love, dreaming, blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lungs, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins.

Health Benefits

Chakra Benefits

Spirit Benefits

Other Benefits of Garnet


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