If you happen to be a winter baby born in the month of January, you may know a few basics of your birthstone gem, the Garnet. But, did you know there are more than 20 Garnet species? There’s a lot to the beautiful stone, so keep reading!
What It Looks Like
Though the stone’s most popular shade is a deep red, Garnet is pretty diverse in color. Ranging from red, pink, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, violet and purple, there’s certainly a stone to fit your character. If that doesn’t peak your interest about this majestic jewel, then maybe the fact that it comes in colorless and color-changing tones will.
What It Feels Like and Where to Find it
Garnets range from a 7.0 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. That is – it’s a bit harder than steel nails, but softer than masonry drill bits. Garnet deposits can be found in locations across the globe including: the United States, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Scotland, Tanzania and more!
Quick Fun Facts
- Garnet is said to be a stone of renewal that can boost your energy and rejuvenate your body.
- During the early medieval times, Garnet was believed to treat depression, shield you against nightmares and relieve illnesses.
- Garnet acts as the official stone for second and sixth wedding anniversaries.
- Many believe the name Garnet is derived from the word pomegranate, because of the similarities in the color of the vivid red seeds.
Is Garnet the perfect gift?
Our answer is yes! From engagements and anniversaries, to birthdays and coming-of-age celebrations, Garnet’s exceptional colors and hidden meanings are great for the ones you love most on any occasion.
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