Garnet , the January Birthstone, has been considered the ultimate gift of eternal love. It is linked to the Zodiac signs Aquarius and Leo, and recommended gifts for the 2nd and 4th wedding anniversaries. The Garnet’s color is completely natural. It cannot be enhanced.
The Garnet’s popularity is ancient, known to be of value since the Bronze Age. It has not only been associated with love and sexual energy, it represents commitment and fidelity. The Garnet was believed to release passion, otherwise restrained, resulting in a stronger attraction. The Ancients thought promoted balance, leading to a stable, faithful marriage. Garnet comes in a variety of colors, including red, orange, green, purple, brown, black, pink, and colorless. Although a common stone, the green Uvarovitic Garnet from the Urals is near priceless as it forms in reasonably large crystals.
The word garnet is derived from the Latin word granatus or “seed like,” a reference to the Pomegranate. A major source of Garnet in ancient times was Bohemia, now a part of Czechoslovakia. In that region, a common presentation was to closely set a number of small Garnet stones together to resemble a Pomegranate. That arrangement is still popular today.
The Garnet is an isomorphic stone with thirty different varieties classified into six species; almandine, andradrite, grossular, pyrope, spessarite, and uvarovite.
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