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Garnet is January's beautiful birthstone.
Happy New Year and welcome to the world of gemstones! The first month of the year boasts Garnet as its very own birthstone. This stone represents consistency, honesty and trustworthiness, much like those born in Capricorn, the astrological sign for January. This is also a stone of individuality, and of someone who sets themselves apart from the crowd, which is another typical Capricorn trait.
What is a Garnet?
The name “Garnet” comes from the Latin word “Granatum” meaning “pomegranate” probably because the crystals resemble the colors of the dark red colored fruit. Garnet comes in many colors (including green, red, orange, or black), depending on where it is found. It is a silicate mineral formed from silicone and oxygen. The various colors are determined by the degrees of calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminum found within each stone.
Garnet is one of 3 stones that have natural star formations within, the others being sapphires and rubies. Garnet generally has four-point stars, but on rare occasion six-point stars have been found within the stone. For all its beauty, garnets are smaller stones, large garnets are rare. However, there is a legend that tells of the King of Saxony (in long-ago Britain) possessing a garnet weighing 468 carats!
The Garnet Throughout History
The history of this stone shows garnets were used as protective amulets for travelers. Stories persist of the stone turning dark when danger threatened, and returning to its former brilliance once it had passed. Garnet is said to be the stone of the Apostle Peter. Pope Gregory associated the stone with the Archangels. So it has come to be known as a highly resonating gemstone.
What Can Garnet Do For You?
On the more arcane side, bullets made from Garnet were said to cause profuse bleeding in enemies, while in the hands of healers, Garnets stopped hemorrhaging. In the middle ages, Garnets were used to help heal boils, and inflammatory diseases. The garnet stone was used in all aspects of homeopathy. It is highly effective in dealing with any health issues related to the heart, lungs, or blood. It is frequently used to heal any inflammation or halt hemorrhaging. The Garnet will bestow peace and tranquility in its wearer and certainly enhance spiritual growth and healing.
Garnets have the capacity to keep your energies flowing, and therefore bring balance into your system. They promote regeneration throughout your entire body. Proudly wear your garnet and feel the difference!