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Garnet

Energy, Passion, Awakening

Colour : Red to dark red
Chakra : Base and Heart
Element : Fire
Astro Sign : Aquarius, Aries, Leo

 

Garnet is a vibrant stone and as its colour may suggest, it is a stone of love and passion. It deepens connections and is said to attract love or a partner into your life. It is a stone of awakening, igniting passion and desire, it encourages us to find and hold onto the spark of life. Its fiery nature also helps to activate kundalini energy. 

Garnet is a stone that promotes creativity, allowing you to express what's close to your heart in a creative and authentic way. It connects you with your inner strength, encouraging determination and focus, giving you the courage to be in your power and set boundaries with others. It has been used as a stone for protection for centuries. It is also a good stone to promote abundance. 

Use garnet if you a procrastinating and need some energy to get things done. You can also wear or carry garnet on you if you are hoping to meet a new partner. 

History

Garnet has been used for many centuries by different ancient civilizations. It was adored by the ancient Egyptians and they used it in their jewellery and carvings, they referred to it as 'the stone of life'. It became popular with the Romans and warriors would wear it as a talisman for protection when going in to battle, it was also used to protect against the plague. Medicine Men and Shamans also thought it to have healing properties. 

Geology

Garnets are a diverse group of silicate minerals that include almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite. All of the Garnet family have similar physical properties and formations but will vary in chemical make up and colour. The most well known and recognisable is the deep red coloured Garnet which includes iron and chromium, giving it its pomegranate like colour. Garnets are found in metamorphic and igneous rocks and form under extremely high temperatures and pressure. They can be found all over the world including Russia, India, China, Australia and the US. It has a hardness of 6.5-7.5.