There are plenty of interesting facts about garnet, primarily because it’s a stone with such a long history. Here are just five of those facts, to whet your appetite for January’s beloved birthstone.
- Garnet dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
Garnet dates as far back as 3800 BC. The gemstone was discovered in Egyptian art and was thought to be an important symbol of good health. The stone was fashioned into beads for necklaces and used as an inlay for carvings.
- The stone is a symbol of lasting friendship.
Over the years, garnet has been a symbol of peace, health, and deep friendship. Garnet was also thought to enhance karma. Do good while wearing the stone and more good will be bestowed upon you.
- Garnet gemstones come in a rainbow of colors.
Garnets come in a wide array of colors. There are several varieties (known as species), and there are also hybrids that combine two or more types of garnet.
Some popular garnet species include the green demantoid garnet, the orange spessartite garnet, the red pyrope garnet and the pink rhodolite garnet.
- Garnet is durable.
Garnet has the potential to last for thousands of years with proper care. The stone falls between 6.5 – 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness depending on the species.
- Bohemian garnets were popular in the Victorian era.
If ever there was a time period that prized garnets on a mass scale, it was the Victorian era. Bohemian garnets from Eastern Europe were fashioned into marvelous cluster pieces. Thus the stone was used in engagement rings, mourning jewelry, and anywhere they could fit it.
Garnet is an especially passionate stone closely linked to love, relationships, and friendships. How much of the lore you choose to believe is up to you, but there is no disputing the fact that garnet jewelry is remarkably beautiful!
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