Birthstones are as unique as the people who wear them. Officially recognized as January’s birthstone, the Garnet is no exception. When you shop from Amidon Jewelers for your Garnet jewelry, not only do you have a beautiful selection to choose from, but we’re as equally excited to provide you with some of the history and folklore associated with this gorgeous gemstone.
Named because of their similar shape, size and color to the seeds of a pomegranate, Garnet comes from the Latin word, “granatus”, meaning grain. Despite their similiarity to these seeds, however, you do not want to mistakenly find one between your teeth, as they range between 7.0 and 7.5 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. In comparison, Diamonds, the hardest gemstone, score a 10.0 on the Mohs Scale.
Found and mined in locations around the world including Australia, Brazil, Scotland and the United States, Garnets have been found in various colors besides red, which is the most common. Some of the ther colors include purple (Rhodolite), orange (Hessonite), green (Tsavorite), yellow, brown and black.
Garnets are attributed with having a number of healing and protective qualities. Historically, medicine men and healers have associated garnets with helping ease or remove the symptoms of arthritis, varicose veins and thyroid conditions. In addition, worn on a chain around the neck, they were believed to be able to regulate the heart and blood flow.
Does your marriage need an extra spark? Associated with the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries, Garnets were also believed to have a positive impact on intimacy issues.
Along with their healing qualities, Garnets are also thought to provide strength and protection. A business owner can place several Garnets on their desk which are believed to bring prosperity, and a garnet under your pillow is thought to be a cure for depression. Before embarking on a long journey, and long before the days of email and cellphones, friends would exchange Garnets to express their well wishes as well as their desire to be together again.
Whether you are a January baby or simply looking for a gorgeous Garnet piece to add to your collection, we are happy to assist you with your Garnet shopping.
Garnets, Diamonds and White Gold come together beautifully on this pair of earrings.
Perhaps you’re looking to regulate your heart and blood flow? While we’re unable to verify the credibility behind this folklore, we ARE able to verify the beauty of this Garnet and Diamond pendant.
This ring will grab attention when worn to toast a friend’s departure at your next going away party. While you may not wish to part with your ring, you’ll have a conversation starter when you mention how Garnets used to be exchanged rather than email addresses!