Place: Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, China, USA
Colour variations: Red
Birthstone of: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius
Brief history and geological characteristics: The deep, glossy red colour of Garnet resembles the juicy seeds of a pomegranate, which is perhaps why its name is derived from the Latin word granatum. Garnet could be found in few variations depending on the specific mix of the minerals it contains. Pyrope Garnets are often very clean and can be totally free of flaws and inclusions. Pyrope Garnets are usually of a lighter colour and more transparent then the similar Almandine Garnets, and sometimes they have a very slight brownish tint. The original deposits of Pyrope were in Bohemia, the Czech Republic. These sources are more historical then practical, and little material comes from there today. However, based in the Czech Republic, we have been using mostly Czech Pyrope Garnets for Salome Jewellery.
Spiritual and healing energy: Garnet is a stone of love and passion. It strengthens the interest and care about the others. A Garnet stone is often gifted to the loved ones before they embark on travel, as it is popular for its protective abilities. The Greek myth states that Hades gifted a pomegranate to Persephone before she left his domain to ensure her speedy and safe return. When she returned the fruit transformed into a handful of red gemstones. Garnets are commonly believed to heal broken bonds of love. Garnets are also known to aid in the treatment of melancholy and depression by acting as a heart and blood stimulant. Garnet is thought to be extremely beneficial in the realm of business. The stone can attract people to its owner, which can help provide personal and business success. Garnet is especially beneficial for people who want to start a home business.