Our attraction to Garnet pieces is caused only by the beauty of its popular hypnotic sangria color, which is common.
Wearing a Garnet has been thought to promote business, provide good health and warn off evil spirits.
Its fiery red shade is said to be symbolic of passion, inspiration, love and romance.
The name “Garnet” comes from Medieval Latin ‘granatum’ (dark red) abstracted from pomegranate (pome grenate). Garnets range from a 7.0 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness enables it to be used as an abrasive! You wouldn’t know of its industrial use by the looks of this rich ancient alluring quality. Dating back to 3000 B.C., Garnets were found in necklace in an ancient grave. Proving the durability of the stone.
Antique quality of these Pyrope gems are the reddest of all Garnets. They are typically very dark red to slightly brownish-red and seldom are larger than a few carats. Red Garnets were popular in Victorian jewelry (1837-1901) and were often mounted in yellow gold. Garnet is a gem group that occurs in over twenty varieties. Of these varieties, there are six main color types. Brick red is most prevalent. Garnets are represented in a broad spectrum of color except for blue. Today, Garnets typically are adorn and accentuate various other gemstones set in yellow gold.
Biblical findings have noted Noah entered the Ark with precious crushed Garnet stones to help navigate night and day. During the day, jewels shown dimly, and brightly at night. Signet rings with carved garnets were used in ancient Rome to stamp the wax for documents. According to the Koran, the garnet illuminates the 4th heaven of the Muslims and the fiery red garnet is thought to be a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice.
In 1912 Garnet was named the official gemstone by the American National Association of Jewelers.
Garnets are given as a gift on 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.
We have a wonderful selection of unique vintage garnet pieces that will surely make a statement this Valentine’s Day!