Sophistication and Earthiness of a Garnet
Sensual and earthy, garnet has been the point of interest of many jewelers throughout centuries. Its rich red color is similar to Ruby’s, yet it is distinguishable by its unique luster. Even the word garnet comes from the Greek word “granatum” which means pomegranate, referencing the gem’s intense red color that resembles the seeds of the fruit. Although garnet’s most widely known color is red, the gem does form in different colors as well.
Particularly popular in the medieval times when it was used in all sorts of jewelry and buckles even, garnet has also found a more modern use as an industrial mineral nowadays. Ancient Egyptians and Romans were very fond of the gem too using it in courts and in different ceremonies.
Garnet is mined in various countries such as Madagascar, India, Brazil, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Its hardness on Mohs scale is anywhere between 6.5 to 7.5.
Many powers have been attributed to garnet throughout times including that it guards us from negativity, bad dreams, and even certain diseases. Moreover, it has been glorified as the stone of the persistence and earthy love.