Alternate Names & Spellings for Garnet: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone, Gooseberry Garnet, Grape Garnet and dozens more below, as garnet comes in a wide range of types and colors.
Garnet is believed to get its name from Latin for “seed” (granate) due to red garnet’s similarity to a pomegranate seed.
Crystal Meanings, Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of Garnet:
Keywords: Regeneration, Vitality, Order
Garnet is a stone of regeneration and energizing. Garnet can boost the energy of an entire system and revitalize it.. It is said to be stabilizing in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external.
Spiritual and Psychic Properties
Garnet is a protective energy stone which is especially known for protection from evil, during travel, nightmares, and from wounds. Garnet has been used to release bad karma, which can be considered a form of protection in this life. Garnet is said to be a stone of protecting against and success with lawsuits.
As a root chakra stone, garnet said to be excellent for manifestation. It is used to ground one’s dreams in reality, bringing abundance, prosperity, and realization of those dreams. Square cut garnets are reputed to be especially good tools for business success. All garnets are used to assist on an energetic level with success in one’s career in part by building one’s self-confidence, inspiration, and creativity. It can also make clear what is one’s life purpose.
Garnet is used to access ancient memories. This makes it a preferred tool for past life regression.
Mental and Emotional Properties
Emotionally, considered a stone of increasing commitment, honesty, hope, and faith. It is a stone of positive thoughts which is said to dispel and relieve depression. Garnet is also used to overcome crisis and trauma. It is used to bring one away from a sense of helplessness or victimization and imparting courage. It is used to assist in diminishing or eliminating abandonment issues. One of the ways said to bring these about is releasing old ideas and perceptions of self and others which allows one to see them as they are, rather than through a filter of fear. Thus it can reduce or eliminate conscious or unconscious self-sabotage. It is said to enhance emotions in a positive way, and also be quite calming.
Garnet is considered a stone that helps one realize and enjoy the pleasures of earthly incarnation.This includes enhancing sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy in a balanced fashion. As such, garnet is a stone of love and passion.
Garnet has been used a great deal for gentle spiritual healing, and is used to enhance intuition in this manner. It discourages disorganized growth, and brings inner strength.
Physical Conditions Properties
Garnet is sometimes called a “stone of health” and crystal healing specialists say that garnet can assist in healing acid reflux (GERD), adrenal glancs, ADD/ADHD, anemia and other blood related illness, assimilate vitamins and minerals, bone, brain and brain tumors, cell structure, Down’s syndrome, DNA/RNA corrections, fertility, heart, immune system, lungs, physical strength, pituitary, reproductive system, skin, spine, as well as promoting rapid general healing and regeneration. Please note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Garnet is associated primarily with the root chakra, but also with the heart chakra. It is used to balance, purify, align and remove negative energy from all the chakras and aura. Various types of garnets have their own properties in addition to those of garnet in general and may be related other chakras as well. Garnet is used to encourage movement of the kundalini is an orderly fashion.
All garnets share some common energies due to their common formation in the Earth. Some varieties will tend to have more of one sort of energy than another, and each may also have its own crystal meanings.
More on Garnet from my personal perspective
Garnet is a wonderful stone that fascinates me with its rainbow of colors. For me, the red garnets have a more earthy feeling than rubies – the difference between a camp fire you can warm your hands at and a firefly.
Rock Lore & Tidbits:
Hardness (Mohs): 6.5 to 7.5
Color(s): red, pink, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, blue, violet, purple, color-changing, colorless
Transparency: Transparent, Translucent or Opaque
Lustre: Vitreous, Resinous
Common / Notable Locations: Worldwide with various colors from different locations.
There are many names for and different types of garnet as shown below. Some that are of note which are not actually types of garnet are Moonlight Garnet (Helvine), Pyramidal Garnet (Vesuvianite), Tetrahedral Garnet (Helvine), and White Garnet (Leucite).
A few types of synthetic stones are also called Garnet, though they are not. Yttrium Aluminum Garnet is a synthetic stone that was used as a diamond simulant and when prepared properly can be used in lasers. Gadolinium Gallium Garnet, another synthetic, is used in industry, as well.
Though cabochon-like deep red garnets or almandine garnets are most often what is meant when referring to carbuncle stones, the term historically also referred to other gems, particularly deep red gems.
Some of the rarest colors of garnet are color changing garnets such as the the blue garnet from Madagascar. It is a color changing garnet that is blue-green in daylight and changes to violet-purple in incandescent light. Most color changing garnets have colors ranging from green to yellow to brown in daylight and change in incandescent light to reddish or violet colors. This has led to color-changing garnets to being confused quite often with Alexandrite, which is not a type of garnet at all.
Garnets have been used as gem stones and in jewelry for millennia. Garnet Cloisonne is a type of ornamental jewelry or artwork where thin slivers of garnet is inlaid in gold. Red, green, orange and yellow gem stones along with the rare color-changing garnet are used in jewelry frequently.
Many opaque garnets, particularly garnet sand, with the notable exception of Transvaal Jade are used extensively in industry. They are used for abrasives, filtration, cutting steel, and in place of silica sand for sandblasting,
Some Types, Trade Names and Nick for Garnet: Alexandrite Garnet (a trade name for color changing garnet), Almandine, Almandine Ruby (Almandine), Almandite (incorrect name for Almandine), Andradite, Andradite-Grossular (types between Andradite and Grossular), Arizona Ruby (Pyrope), Bohemian(Pyrope), Caldorite, California Ruby (Pyrope), Cape Ruby (Pyrope), Carbuncle (modern: Almandine), Carchedonius Garamanticus, Carthaginian or Garamantic Carbuncle, Chrome Garnet (Uvarovite), Chrome Pyrope (violet var of Pyrope), Cinnamon (Hessonite), Demantoid (var of Andradite), Emerald of the Urals (Demantoid Andradite), Garnet Jade (Grossular), Goldmanite, Gooseberry (Grossular), Grape (trade name for purplish-red almandine-pyrope type garnet), Grandite (Andradite-Grossular type), Grossular, Hessonite (orange to brown var of Grossular), Hibschite (var of Grossular), Hydrogrossular (var of Grossular), Katoite, Kimzeyite, Knorringite, Leuco (colorless Grossular), Malaia or Malaya (Umbalite), Mali (Grandite), Mandarin (Spessartine), Melanite (black var of Andradite), Majorite, Oriental (Almandine), Praetorianite (massive variety of Grossular aka Transvaal Jade), Precious Garnet (deep red Almandine), Pyrope, Pyrope-Spessartine (type beteween Pyrope and Spessartine), Rocky Mountain Ruby (Pyrope), Rhodolite (violet-red Pyrope or Almandine-Pyrope from NC, USA), Rhodolite Rose or Rosolite(var of Grossular), Schorlomite, Spessartine, Umbalite (var of Pyrope), Theophraestus (historical, also used for ruby spinel and red-pink sapphire), Topazolite (yelllow-brown var Andradite), Transvaal Jade (massive var of Grossular), Tsavorite, Umbalite (light pink to purple Pyrope originally from the Umba River, Tanzania), Uvarovite
Green Grossular Garnet Beads Example Garnet Cloisonne Example Uvarovite Example Hessonite Garnet Example
Hattip to Faith Sisk, Larry Hargrave, Cherie C. and the additional resources on Garnet below for select metaphysical, spiritual healing and/or mineral information.
See Garnet at Mindat.
Love Is In The Earth by Melody,
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall,
The Book of Stones: What they Teach by Simmons, and Ahsian
Wikipedia contributors, “Garnet,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 2, 2014)
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