The word Garnet originates from the Latin word ‘granum’ meaning seedlike - referencing both the round shape of the crystal and the rich, red hue of pomegranate seeds.
Garnet has been significant across cultures for thousands of years. According to legend, Noah illuminated his arc with a glowing garnet through 40 dark days and nights of rain. To ancient Greeks, it symbolized eternity, represented separated love and encouraged a quick return. In Asiatic warrior traditions, garnet pellets were believed to inflict particularly bloody, lethal wounds. It adorned Egyptian pharaohs (in life and death) and was placed next to wounds to expedite healing. During the Middle Ages in Europe, garnet signified trust and affection and was a popular gift between friends.
Whatever they may symbolize for you today, we've outlined points to help you understand value and what to ask to make an informed decision on the garnet you will LOVE!
A special thank you to Wild & Petsch for sharing incredible garnets with me for purpose of education.
This natural demantoid garnet is 1.57 carats from Namibia.