Garnet Stone – Meaning and Symbolism
The garnet stone is the birthstone for January.
Garnet is the recommended gemstone for the second and sixth wedding anniversary.
It is also associated with the astrological signs of Aquarius and Leo.
The name comes from the fruit pomegranate. It does somewhat resemble the red seeds of the fruit. Garnet has been a popular gemstone since the Bronze Age.
Throughout history garnet often went by the name “carbuncle”.
Carbuncle means simply “a red stone”.
The beautiful red garnet is the favorite of most people and also best known.
Garnet stones may also be transparent, yellow, orange, purple, brown green, or blue. Blue garnet is very rare and very expensive.
Garnet Stone as a State Gemstone
Garnet is the state of New York’s gemstone. Garnet is the special gemstone for anyone who loves New York.
In Connecticut it is the almandine garnet. This is a deep red (almost purple) transparent stone, an iron-aluminum and silicate version of the stone.
In Idaho the star garnet is the states gemstone.
Garnet Stones for Business
The garnet stone has a long tradition to support and help your business or career. You may choose to wear it in jewelry to help boost your career.
If you do not want to wear jewelry try to keep a few garnet gemstones in a nice container or jar on your desk or close to your workplace.
Typically stones used to enhance business are square cut garnets.
Lucky is the person who dreams about garnets as this means the dreamer will accumulate riches.
The Garnet Stone – An Eternal Love Symbol
Garnet is a well-known symbol of love, eternity and passion. It symbolizes commitment in love.
This gemstone has been associated with powerful love since Ancient times. The Ancient Greeks regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of the gift of true love. As mentioned earlier they associated the garnet with the pomegranate.
Garnet is known for repelling negativity. It protects against depression. This makes garnet a great stone for all those who believe in the power of positive thinking.
Garnet is a symbol of courage and energy. This stone helps you focus in your own energy and not so much relying on the energy of others. It may help you keep your attention on what it is you want. This in turn may make you reach your goals faster.
The Garnet Gemstone Light
The garnet stone is a refractive gemstone. There is an old legend that tells the story of how Noah got enough light to steer his ark during the 40 day flood. He used a garnet lantern!
In ancient times many travelers carried a garnet to light up their path. There was of course the extra bonus that the garnet served as a protection against any catastrophe headed their way. The gemstone was used as a talisman for travelers.
In Islam garnet it is said to light up the fourth heaven.
Garnet Stones in the Bible
In the Bible carbuncle (the red garnet) is mentioned four times.
It is the third stone the breastpiece of the High Priest. The breastpiece is described in Exodus chapter 28 and Exodus chapter 39.
“And you shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of a sardius (carnelian), a topaz stone and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree.” Exodus 28:17-20
A description of the Garden of Eden in Ezekiel speaks of gemstones.
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, topaz and jasper, chrysolite, beryl and onyx, sapphire, carbuncle and emerald; and wrought in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day you that were created they were prepared.” Ezekiel 28:13
Great promises are made in Isaiah.
“I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones.” Isaiah 54:12
The Garnet as a healing stone
Garnet gemstones were said to heal wounds and blood diseases. For this reason Crusaders used it as a protective talisman.
Today some claim that this stone has special benefits to aid your blood circulation, your lungs and your heart.