Garnet is the birthstone for January. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus” which means “seed-like” or “Granatum” which means pomegranate. It is known for its red color but in fact garnet comes in a variety of colors. According to the Talmud, the only light on Noah's ark was provided by a large Garnet. In crusades, garnet was served as a talisman and warrior stones and it was worn by both crusaders and the Muslims. In Europe during the middle ages, Garnet was used to enhance truth, faith and constancy, and to dispel sorrow and sadness. It expands one's awareness due to the flash of lightning contained within it. Garnet intensifies internal fire to bring creative powers to the wearer. Garnet heals the body, promoting the metabolism of the body. It also treats spinal and cellular diseases. Garnet purifies the blood and helps with heart and lungs problems. Garnet brings calmness and makes the wearer feel strong and confident in themselves. It is a very good in times of crisis because it strengthens the survival instinct and that turns crisis into challenge. It can also help with one’s depression.
Crystal: Garnet. Country of origin: China. Chemical composition: X3Y2(SiO4)3. Hardness based on Mohs scale: 6.5 - 7.5.