To all you New Year babies out there, congratulations! Your birthstone is the Garnet. While Garnet comes in a myriad of colors, the most popular of Garnet colors is the deep red, which is where the stones name comes from. The name Garnet derives from the word, “gernet”. Not fluent in 14th century Middle English? It means dark red, and comes from the Latin word, “granatum”, meaning seed. This is due to the red garnets resembling pomegranate seeds! In fact, during the Victorian era, Garnets were made popular for their small red cluster jewelry resembling pomegranate.
The Garnet is no stone to scoff at, it contains an honorable reputation throughout history. In 3100 BC Egyptians used Garnets as inlays for their jewelry and carvings. They referred to it as the symbol of life. Romans in the 3rd and 4th centuries admired the stone greatly as well, being the most commonly used gemstone for Roman Antiquity.
It’s healing and protective powers were well utilized throughout the different people. From warriors bringing Garnet as a talisman of protection into battle, to ancient healing placing garnets in/on wounds to heal. Garnets are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.
Due to this gems durability it can be found in jewelry pieces as early as the Bronze Age - proof that this gemstone will certainly be an everlasting gift, and the making of an amazing and meaningful heirloom. Enjoy browsing our Garnet Jewelry pieces here.