Called: The Stone of Health
Energetic Properties: Courage & Commitment
Color(s): Deep red-brown
Geology: found nearly worldwide, formed when sedimentary rock is exposed to extreme heat, such as volcanic eruptions and lava flows
Size: roughly .75-1.5 inches in diameter
Garnet is considered to be a powerfully grounding and energizing stone, and recorded legends place it among the most ancient of talismans. Energetically, it is believed to revitalize, purify, and balance the spirit, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Part of this energetic vitality is an activation and strengthening of the survival instinct, bringing courage, hope, and self-confidence. Underlying all of the personal empowerment from Garnet, however, is a core of love and loyalty, making actions both bold (personally) and committed (to family and community.) This has caused some to call Garnet “the stone of commitment” – to purpose, to others, and to oneself.
Physically, Garnet is believed to be especially beneficial to blood, lungs, and spinal fluid, by assisting in vitamin retention and toxin purification. It is also considered regenerative for the body, boosting to the immune system and stimulating for the metabolism.
Throughout the ages:
- The name “Garnet” comes from the Latin word for pomegranate (Granatum) because of the resemblance granular Garnet bears to the fruit’s seeds.
- Garnets were used in the former Czechoslovakia as far back as the Bronze Age, and in Egypt more than five thousand years ago. They were also popular in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.
- In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to enhance truth, faith and constancy, and to dispel melancholy.
- Garnets were employed as inlaid stones in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon jewelry. Garnets the color of fire were also called Carbuncles (from fire-coals), and the Hebrew name for the carbuncle was Bareketh (flashing stone) or Barak (lightning). Eastern legends assert that a carbuncle was suspended by Noah, in the Ark, as the only light for the journey.
- A Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. The Merovingians brought garnets from faraway Ceylon (Sri Lanka) through the Silk Road, combining it with amber from the Baltic to create magnificent jewels.
- Some Asiatic tribes used red garnets as bullets for sling bows because they pierced their victims quickly and were well hidden when they mingled with the blood. At other times they were placed in wounds to encourage clotting of the blood.