We take a look into the history and myths behind garnet meaning; a stone adorned by Egyptian pharaohs and used to seal important documents. Shop all garnet jewellery.

What is garnet?

Garnets are a set of very closely related minerals that form a group with gemstones in almost every colour. Most people instantly think of red garnets and although they are the most popular shade, there is a rich colour palette of garnets available; from greens and oranges to purplish reds and brown shades. Not all of the shades are as abundant as the red; a green garnet, known as tsavorite, occurs in metamorphic rocks but is much rarer as it requires special conditions and unusual rock chemistries to form.

The word garnet derives from the 14th century Middle English word garnet, which means ‘dark red’ and from the Latin granatium which means ‘pomegranate’. Garnets have been present throughout history; from adorning the necks of Egyptian pharaohs to ancient Roman stories of them being placed on signet rings that were used to stamp the wax that secured documents. It was also used a lot in Victorian jewellery, where it was fashioned as 'roses', or cut in a dome-shaped form known as 'carbuncles'. Due to its rich history, cultures all over the world have built up varied beliefs and views on the garnet meaning so let’s explore a few of them.  

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Garnet meaning

Throughout history there have been a range of myths and opinions what the true garnet meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer.

In Europe during the Middle Ages, garnet stone meaning was believed to enhance truth, faith and constancy, and to dispel melancholy. It was also served as a talisman for those heading into war. According to the Talmud, the only light that was used on Noah’s ark came from a very large garnet.

In more recent times, garnet meaning has been linked with love and passion, awakening creativity, positive energy, and self-confidence. It is thought by many to be a powerfully energising and regenerative stone,to balance, strengthen and protect its wearer. Due to its protective powers, garnet meaning is often associated with protection from evil, particularly during travel, nightmares and from wounds. Considered a stone of increasing commitment, honesty, hope, and faith, garnet is a stone of positive thoughts and is said to dispel and relieve depression. Many people also use the stone to help overcome crisis and trauma.

You might not know...

The garnet gemstone is known as the birthstone of anyone born in January.

A stylish red garnet bead necklace found in a grave in Egypt, dates back to around 3800BC making it more than 5,000 years old.

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