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Garnet

Garnet is a group name for several species. The most familiar and common are pyrope, 
spessartine, and albandine. These have beautiful red/orange/brown colors as we have in our webshop. There are also green varieties, such as grossularite and uvarovite.

Garnet is named after the old French word Granum, which means grain/seed. In addition, its color is very similar to that of pomegranate seeds. 

Healing properties and meaning of garnet

Garnet is said to provide creativity and help with gathering courage. In addition, it is said to be able to balance your emotions. It is also said to help with setting clear goals and taking action to achieve them.

How to use garnet

In addition to our charms, connectors and beads you can make beautiful jewelry with, there are other uses. You can always carry the stone in your pocket. It is thought that you can then 'use' the beautiful properties of garnet at any time. Garnet oil is also sold. The vibrations or properties of the garnet would then be transferred to an oil that is good for your skin (almond oil for example).

How to care for my garnet

Garnet can be cared for in a variety of ways. For example, you can cleanse it in water and charge it in moonlight.

Where does garnet come from?

Garnet is mined in different countries because there are many varieties. The most common deposits are Russia, India and the United States.

History

In ancient Egypt Garnet was used in jewelry and talismans (around 3000 BC). They saw garnet as the 'stone of life'. The Romans used garnet to protect themselves during wars. It was also used to ward off diseases such as the plague.

Garnet is named after the old French word granum, which means grain/seed. In Old English, gernet means dark red. In addition, it is also named after pomegranate seeds because of its red color. 

Pyrope has its name thanks to the ancient Greek word πυρωπός (purōpos), which means fire-eyed. Pyrope has that beautiful deep red color.
Albandine is named after the place where it was first found; in Alabanda, Anatolia (an area that includes part of Turkey).
Spessartine got its name from the mountain range where this stone was first described; in the Spessart mountains in Germany.

Which horoscope fits garnet

Garnet fits the horoscopes of lion, virgin, capricorn and aquarius.
Of course any stone can be good for you, try to sense it and see which one(s) you like.

Which chakra fits garnet

garnet fits the heart chakra (4th).

The color of garnet

The red-orange-brown colors of the different types of garnet come from different minerals, including magnesium manganese and iron. Below you can see the chemical composition for each species and which mineral it contains.

Chemical composition: differs by species
Pyrope: (CaMg)(Mn2+,Fe2+)4[M[Si5O15)  (magnesium-aluminum-silicate)
Spessartine: Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)(manganese-aluminum-silicate)
Albandine: Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)(iron-aluminum silicate)

Mohs hardness: 6.5-7.5
Density: differs by species
Pyrope: 3.62-3.87
Spessartine: 4.12-4.18
Albandine: 3.93-4.30