Known as the stone of regeneration, January birthstone garnet is believed to cleanse and balance the chakras, providing serenity or passion as needed. So today we’re exploring the revitalising properties of this luscious, deep red gem!
How and where garnet is formed
Found all over the world in sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, most garnets are formed when a sedimentary rock with a high aluminium content is subjected to intense heat and pressure. Named after the latin word for "seed" because of its similarity to a pomegranate seed, garnet is most commonly known in its deep red form, however the presence of certain inclusions during formation can result in a variety of other colours including pink, green, orange, yellow, brown and black.
Garnet throughout history
A gemstone with a rich history in royal lore, garnet amulets have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, and discovered as signet rings used by ancient romans to stamp wax seals on important documents.
In recent history garnet jewellery has been famously worn on the red carpet by Hollywood starlets including Sandra Bullock and Kate Beckinsale, and was also gifted to the Duchess of Cambridge by her husband Prince William in a band bearing her birthstone the garnet and his the pearl.
Garnet meanings, properties and uses
A powerfully energising and regenerating stone, garnet is said to cleanse and re-energise the chakras. It is thought to bring strength, courage and hope when situations seem hopeless, activating the survival instinct in times of crisis. This revitalising stone is believed to sharpen the way that you see yourself and others, helping you to let go of old ideas and behaviours that are no longer serving you.
A stone of commitment, garnet is believed to inspire love, devotion and sensuality, and alleviate emotional disharmony. Wear it to open up your heart, release your inhibitions and encourage self-confidence.