Thinking about garnet birthstone jewelry for yourself or a loved one? Discover why this enchanting gem is much more than a January jewel. 

garnet gemstone

  1. Over the centuries, garnets were believed to prevent and cure blood disorders and infections as well as stop bleeding, relieve skin inflammation, and ease depression.
  2. The name garnet has several possible origins, including from Old French (grenat) and Medieval Latin (granatum) meaning "of dark red color," or perhaps from the word pomegranate due to its resemblance to the shape of the seeds or the color of the pulp. It may also be from Medieval Latin granum "grain," in its sense of "cochineal, red dye."
  3. Garnet jewelry has been discovered as early as 3000 BC in burial sites, possibly used as protection in the afterlife.
  4. Garnet has been designated not only for January birthdays, but for 2nd, 6th, and 19th wedding anniversaries (but we think it’s appropriate for everything in between).
  5. Legend says that Noah used a luminous garnet to light the ark, and Christian tradition considered the blood-red gem a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice.
  6. One of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate, according to Hebrew writers, was a garnet.
  7. The garnet lights the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems in the Koran.
  8. Hades gave a pomegranate to Persephone before she departed to ensure her quick return, which is why the garnet may be given to a loved one that is moving or embarking on a trip to ensure a speedy reunion.

With a rich history and an even richer facade, handmade garnet jewelry from SWCreations will be endlessly worn and treasured. Need help deciding between pieces like our Multi-strand Garnet Gemstone Necklace andGarnet Gold Pearl Beaded EarringsContact us; we’d love to help you find that one-of-a-kind piece.

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February 23, 2015 — Stephanie White