Although Garnet is known as the gemstone for passionate devotion, this is not always equated as feelings for a lover. This passion also represents devotion towards the self, friends, family and for one’s life purpose. Garnet is believed to attract good luck in business endeavors, increase stamina & vitality and to stimulate the senses, as well. As a tradition, Garnet is the birthstone for January and represents the Zodiac sign of Aquarius. Garnet is also the stone to be given for a second wedding anniversary.
Garnet is a stone of multiple uses, metaphysically, and its mythology dates back as far as Ancient Egyptian times, when Pharaohs used the gemstone for ceremonies and decor. Metaphysically, and according to traditional Ancient Hindus, Garnet is associated with the Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine. When the Root Chakra is clear, it is believed one will have healthy and stable sexual activity and have the ability to encourage good blood circulation.
Garnet has been and still is, found all over the world. Dating back to the 16th century, Garnet was found in Bohemia and became THE gemstone used in jewelry in this area, continuing to be mined in the area to this day. This gemstone has also been found in Madagascar, in a rare shade of blue, beginning around the 1990s. Other areas of the world in which Garnet has been found include Turkey, Russia and in the United States.
Most commonly occurring in a deep red hue, people tend to associate Garnet with a red gemstone. However, this stone may be found in almost every color and is considered a gemstone group which may be found in over 20 different varieties. There are six main groups of Garnet which include Pyrope (aka Rhodolite) , Almandite, Spessartite, Grossularite (aka Hessonite) , Andradite and Uvarovite.
Of these main groups, Garnet, Rhodolite Garnet andHessonite Garnet are available here at
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