Garnet

Garnets

Garnets

The Capricorn Birthstone and for 2nd Wedding Anniversary jewelry

By her who is this month was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

What are Garnets?
What exactly are Garnets? Learn about the gem before you buy garnet jewelry. The definition of a Garnet is as follows:

  • The word garnet is derived from the Greek word "granatum" which means "pomegranate seed" reflecting the shape and color of the crystals

  • Garnets are a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones in jewellry and as an abrasive

  • The pure crystals of garnet are used as gemstones

  • Like diamonds, gemstones are graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight

  • The garnet family contain 7 major types: almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, pyrope, spessartite, uvarovite stones.

  • Crystal structure of the garnet, the January birthstone Isometric, rhombic, dodecahedron.

The Colors of Garnets
Garnets come in a wide range of natural colors and shades including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, colorless, black, brown and many shades of red and green. The most common color of garnets is reddish brown. The Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite are vibrant green. Color is mainly caused by the gemstones's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Garnets
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about the Garnet:

  • The Garnet is the birthstone of the month of January
  • Garnets also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 2nd year of marriage
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Capricorn dates: December 22 - January 20
  • Capricorn - The Tenth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Goat
  • Ruling Planet of Capricorn: Saturn
  • Alternate Birthstones of Capricorn: Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Lapis Lazuli.

Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Garnets
The properties with which the Garnet, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, is associated are as follows:

  • Purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship

  • Awareness, commitment, regeneration, insight and removing negativity

Healing Properties of the Garnet
The healing properties of the Capricorn birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Blood, heart, lungs and infection

  • The garnet is also used to enhance sensuality and sexuality.

Garnets Jewelry
Garnets jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Garnet is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Saturn with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem. Learn about the gem before you buy garnet jewelry. All different types of jewelry containing Garnets are available including:

  • Garnet rings
  • Garnet bracelets
  • Garnet pendants
  • Garnet earrings
  • Garnet necklaces
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