WHAT IS RED GARNET? Garnets form when an aluminum rich sedimentary rock goes through intense heat and pressure. This occurs naturally in volcanic environments. In nature, garnets do not form as a pure specimen and in fact, the purest gem-quality garnet called pyrope ever discovered was composed of 83% pyrope, 15% almandine, and about 2% other garnets. Garnet is a group of stones including Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartite, Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite. Almandine Garnet is the most common gemstone in the garnet family, and comes in a range of colours, although the blend of almandine-pyrope creates the dark red variety that we mostly think of. Of interest, one of the rarest garnets, andradites have the highest dispersion, creating even more fire and sparkle than diamond. The rarest in the garnet family are uvarovites which are naturally a dark, rich green like an emerald.
WHY IT'S AWESOME? Garnet has been discovered in every color of our rainbow, except in the shades of blue. Gemstone experts believe that new types of garnet discovery are on the horizon still! In the last fifty years, new blends have been found in East Africa, and more blends might be out there. The tricky part is identifying garnets because of their tremendous range of overlapping colors, so color alone is not enough.
Legend has it that if you are to be separated from a lover, give the gift of garnet. This comes from the Greek myth of Persophone and Hades who gives her a pomegranite seed (symbolizing red garnet) to ensure a quick and safe return of his love. It is also thought to symbolize the mending of wounds between lovers.
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👉 Red Garnet is associated with love and friendship. Red Garnet is said to bring courage, creative energy, vitality, abundance, flow, change, and awareness as well as emotional balance. It is also said to dissolve ingrained behavior patterns and outworn ideas that no longer serve, bypassing resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage.
👉 In Hinduism and Buddhism, red garnets are believed to bring good luck. In Tibet garnets are believed to increase longevity and in China they are believed to protect against evil spirits.
👉 Also known as the 'Traveler's Stone', Garnet was believed to have been used by Noah while navigating the Ark, providing guidance and protection.
👉 The term carbuncle was often used in ancient times to refer to red garnets. Carbuncle was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God.
👉 In crystal energy work, Red Garnet is connected with the Root Chakra, Sacral and Heart Chakra but it purifies and energizes all Chakras. The garnet stones can help with inner fire, passion, energy, creativity, and love.
WHERE IT'S FOUND? Europe, USA (Arizona, and New Mexico), South Africa, Australia. Of note, what is known as Bohemian garnet deposits were found in central Europe around 1500 and this became the the heart of a jewelry explosion for nearly 300 years.
Garnets such as the almandine found in Gore Mountain, New York, have reached a diameter of 23.6 inches (60 cm), whereas a few rare spessartites in Brazil were recorded to weigh several pounds a piece and have still have beautiful transparency and rich color. A typical garnet is about half an inch to an inch in diameter.
*All sizes are approximate and may vary somewhat.
*Each crystal & stone will vary slightly in appearance. Each beautiful and unique in its own way.