January 07, 2018 The Precious Stone for those Born in January
8 Things You Don’t Know About Garnets
The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate. Here are 8 things that make Garnets special:
1. Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.
2. The garnet is a very durable gemstone (6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale) found all over the world.
3. Legend has it that Garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home.
4. Garnet is sometimes called the “Gem of Faith.”
5. The Garnet symbolized deep and lasting friendship.
6. Ancient warriors believed that garnets brought victory.
7. Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 B.C
8. January’s birthstone, the garnet, symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections