WHAT IS GARNET:
Garnet is actually a mineral group, not a single mineral. These minerals share similar crystal structure, but they have a variable chemical composition.
The color of garnet is primarily controlled by its composition.
Garnet is a well-known mineral not only because it is so widespread, but mostly because of its deep red color and beautiful crystal faces which make it a semi-precious gemstone. Industrially garnet is mostly used as an abrasive because of its hardness and irregular fracture. It is also used in water purification filters.
Four countries worldwide are dominate in garnet production today.
These are India, China, Australia, and the United States.
The name “garnet” comes from the Latin granatus (“grain”), possibly a reference to the Punica granatum (“pomegranate“), a plant with red seeds similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.
Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet by a Roman engraver.
Garnet has been used as a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, the South American Indians, the Aztecs, the African tribal elders, and the Mayans.
The rarest is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily, Madagascar.
A garnet is the birthstone for people born in the month of January.
Garnet cleanses and re-energises the chakras.
It revitalises, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate.
Inspires love and devotion.
Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony.
It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Stimulates past-life recall.
Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others.
Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos.
It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence.
Healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing, not prescription or healthcare information.