Like a shamanic prayer, she enchants. Her electric vibes keep you safe, keep you sane. Inside and out – the storm that brews in the sky and the storm that trembles in your heart – she's your talisman against both. Keep her in your ear, she has magic words to tell.
In Greek mythology, Persephone, the goddess of fertility, was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld. This created winter — the disappearance of fertile greeneries and soil. But winter doesn’t last forever. Persephone left Hades and the underworld to go earthside to fertilize the soil for mankind. Heartbroken and abandoned, Hades gave her pomegranate seeds. Its ripe, sweet juice brings her back to him every year. That’s the story of how longing fuels this crazy lil’ thing called love.
Garnet, named after the Hades’ pomegranate, grounds us with its intense blood red color. The color of earthly masculinity and earnest love — one that can sustain distances separated by continents and oceans. In many ways, garnet absorbs pain, blood and heartbreak; and in return it gives strength, resilience, and patience. It’s the stone you want to hold onto whenever you feel broken and torn apart, longing for a forever home. Garnet can revitalise the soul.
Medieval European folks named garnet a carbuncle gemstone, a red stone (mostly garnet) with magical properties capable of bringing light in darkness. Carbuncle means shiny little thing with its light, like a small hot coal, or firefly, or according to South American folklore, a small elusive animal with a mirror body whose responsibility is to guard precious metals. Basically, garnet is an otherworldly tiny glowing thing made out of this world. And that’s the source of garnet’s powers.
Take care of your garnet, and guard its shine. Myths say a garnet losing its light is a sign of impending disaster.
Birthstone for: January
Garnet zodiac sign: Aquarius (20 January-16 February)
The first chakra - the Root or Muladhara chakra.
Located at the base of our spine. It helps us stay grounded and reminds us of the power of freewill, while keeping the ego in check.
The fourth chakra - the Heart or Anahata.
It keeps things in an orderly flow and in balance. Just like circulating the blood, when something goes out of balance, the heart immediately knows. Use it to clear off blockages and recenter.
Our garnet is ethically sourced from: USA, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, India, Namibia, Tanzania and Indonesia
Tough Love level: 6-8 Mohs scale of hardness
Its hardness will depend on the variety. Pyrope and almandine, for instance, are stronger than demantoid. Generally a tough stone. So tough there’s a thing called ‘garnet paper’, which is an abrasive. You can use garnet daily, as long as you use it with care.
Even though its name has become synonymous with the deep-red gemstone, garnet comes in many colors. To geologists and chemists, garnet refers to a group of several different silicate minerals. They all share similar crystal structures, but their hardness level varies.
This dark green garnet is one of the rarest varieties in the garnet family. It has an even dark-green color, similar to emerald.
Closer to pink than the deep-red pyrope and with a strong purple undertone.
Boasting a rainbow range of colors, grossular garnet goes from colorless to caramel-like. You’ll most likely find it in light to medium shades.
The bronze sister in the family. It has a golden sheen with a brownish tint; the color of caramel candy.
Purplish-red, pinkish-red, warm orangey red, and dark red. Coming in 50 shades of red, it was the gleaming star of the Bohemian era in 16th century Europe.
One of a kind. It’s a very light fresh-grass green, but with a transparent, glassy luster. It’s one of the most precious and rare varieties of garnet.