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Lets talk about natural gemstones and there meanings – Garnets

Lets talk Garnets.

Garnet is a stone of healing and illumination featuring in mythology from Far eastern traditions to early biblical sources.

In the past it was commonly referred to as carbuncle, and there were all sorts of myths attached to the stone. One of these was the Medieval belief that Dragons eyes were made of garnets. In the Far East, garnet was believed to stem the flow of blood.

In Christian traditions, this stone represented the passion of Christ and crucifixes were sometimes decorated with five garnets to symbolise the five wounds Christ received on the cross. Earlier biblical sources also wrote that a large carbuncle was placed on a pedestal on the centre of Noah’s Ark for illumination, as the stone was thought capable of  shinning throughout the night.

There is a wide range of garnets that  fall  into two main types : pryope garnet and almandine garnet.

Pyrope garnet – Pyrope types are predominantly red in colour and include: hessonite or essonite, a brownish-red garnet, also known as cinnamon stone.

Rhodolite garnet, a mauve-red to rose-purple stone.

Succinite, an amber-yellow to orange garnet.

Grossularite, a pale, green garnet.

Uvarovite, a brown or black coloured stone.

And Transvaal jade, another green pyrope variety.

Then there is Almandine garnets. Almandine varieties of garnet range from black to green to yellow stones:

Demantoid, an almandine type occurring in green.

Melanite, a black garnet.

Topazolite, a yellow variety of almandine garnet.

Garnet has a well founded reputation as an energising stone. They have also been used since ancient Greece to protect travellers.

Place garnets on your desk to improve your business.

So that common old stone of garnet is quiet interesting , isn’t it.


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