Garnet, named after the word granatum, which translates to pomegranate seed in Latin. Used to balance the base/ root chakra. influences the Etheric and Astral body. Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily, Madagascar. There are 6 main types of Garnet; Pyrope, Almandine, Andradite, Grossular, Spessartine and Uvarovite. Garnet’s dense weight makes it easier to recognize no matter its color. The properties of this gem are said to be a reflection of the wearer’s attributes.
It is also found in parts of the United States, Russia and Turkey. It is the state mineral of Connecticut. Star garnet is the state gemstone of Idaho. New York’s gemstone. It is known as the birthstone for January. Zodiac sign for the gemstone is said to be Capricorn. It changes color from blue-green in the daylight to purple in incandescent light, as a result of the relatively high amounts of vanadium. Garnet species’ light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral’s luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like).
Metaphysical properties include: Heals problems related to the lungs, blood or infections, improve sexuality and sensuality expressions. Garnet carries a strong protective quality, it’s a perfect gemstone for boosting overall energy in the body. This stone will get the blood flowing, it’s a great stone for circulation issues. Garnet is known to warm the body, This fiery powerful gemstone is good for clearing stagnant or under-active energy. Garnet does its healing work in half the time of other gemstones. Crystal quartz is often used along with Garnet to help with energy circulation and distribution.
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