Friday, January 21, 2011

January Birthstone Fun Facts

Garnet Fun Facts
  • Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in many different colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.

  • Garnet is derived from the word granatum, which means seed. It was first called that because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed.

  • Garnets are known to be the stone of the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary.
  • Garnets were first mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago. Now the garnet is most prominently found in Africa, Australia, India and Russia. It is also sometimes found in South America and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho.

Garnet Legends and Folklore
  • One Biblical legend says that Noah hung a garnet on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God's wrath.
  • A Greek myth linked to the garnet is the story of the young goddess of sunshine, Persephone, who was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. Hades eventually released Persephone, but not before he offered her some pomegranate seeds, which guaranteed her return to him.

  • Garnets are still thought today to be signs of save journeys. Many people like to wear garnet jewelry when going on a trip to ensure safety.
  • Garnets healing powers include being an aide to the blood, heart, and lungs and is also known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy.


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  2. I'm not that stone expert but I can say they coast quite big amount. Garnet has been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones. They comes in various colors and cut in different sizes.
    When I was a child all I was remember is this type of gems since I was born on the month of January.
    But when I get older, I was forced to memorize all types of birthstone for me to pass my science subjects, lol.
    For now, I've decided to buy Garnet stone at Asem Lagos jewelry. My sister said that it is a once stop jewelry store, so I must try my luck and look for my precious stone.