The garnet is not a single stone but a collection of related minerals. This explains the variety of colors found in the garnet family. The gem is found in a deep purple-red, orange, green, and pink orange. The most popular and prolific is the deep red while the green (also known as tsavorite) is quite rare. (GIA) Most garnets are found in Brazil, Africa, Middle East, India, Thailand, and Russia. They are not found in any form in North America or Central America.
Garnet History and Folklore
The name garnet originates from the word granatum meaning seed. The garnet, is a red stone, named “seed” because it resembles a pomegranate seed.
It is found as far back as 3800 BC on gems worn by Egyptian Pharaohs. It appears again in Rome and the Middle Ages.
Some believe the garnet offers healing powers including helping the heart, blood, and lungs. It is also believed to offer romance, passion, and intimacy. Not surprising that the garnet is associated with love as it is the color of blood and heart, deep, dramatic, and vibrant — similar to the feelings of romance.
Garnets In Fashion
Garnets pair beautifully with many colors including green, red, blue, and purple. Below are examples of garnets in a variety of settings, pairings, and metals.
Use garnets throughout your jewelry wardrobe to create a sophisticated, chic look.
Garnet In Decor
Pops of garnet are beautiful in almost every decor. The red adds a bit of interest and brightens a space. Consider the stunning variety of colors available in garnet, and you can see how easily it works into your decor. Think throws, pillows, flowers, art, and throw rugs in the room. I love the earthy and natural tones found in the garnet family.