The month of January is extra special. It is the first month, a milestone for new beginnings, fresh opportunities, and a chance to start anew. January symbolises optimism, hope, and excitement for what the future holds.
The first month of the year is graced by Garnet, the exquisite gemstone with its deep red hue and shimmering brilliance. Although this gem is predominantly red, it is also available in stunning hues of orange, purple, vibrant green and warm yellows.
Garnet Gemstone: Unveiling its Enchanting Allure Across Centuries
The garnet is more than just a visually stunning jewel accessory. This gemstone symbolises positivity and is believed to bestow clarity of thought, good fortune, and well-being for the person wearing it. Its mystical properties promote good health and karma, making it a valuable addition to your gemstone collection.
The rich legacy of Garnets
The name “Garnet” is as ancient as the gem itself, originating from the medieval Latin word granatus. Literally, the word translates to pomegranate, a reference to the deep crimson colour.
Garnet mining has been around since the Bronze Age. In medieval times, people believed it cured inflammation and soothed the troubled heart. Later on, the Pharaohs of Egypt adorned themselves with garnet-embedded neckpieces as a symbol of royal opulence and imperial power. Similarly, Romans cherished their garnet-embedded signet rings or intaglios used to imprint wax seals on crucial documents.
As time rolled on, garnets continued to reign supreme. The clergy and noblemen of the Middle Ages had a great affinity for this crimson beauty. These precious stones featured prominently in their jewellery and were prevalent amongst the society’s elite.
Our Indian astrology believes that these stones help dissipate negative emotions like guilt and depression. It is also believed to instill self-confidence, clarity of thought, creative thinking, and peace of mind.
Characteristics of Garnet: 7 Aspects That Make This Gem Unique
Here are characteristics that place the garnet in a league of its own.
- The garnet belongs to a group of silicate minerals found in metamorphic and igneous rocks all over the planet.
- They are composed of varying amounts of chemicals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, chromium, and aluminium. Their chemical composition varies based on the environment where they are formed.
- Garnets get their varying vibrant hues from the minerals in their birth environment.
- Garnets are sourced from the USA, Australia, India, Canada, Madagascar, Europe, and South Africa.
- Garnets come in a range of hues and tones. Of the four C’s, it is the colour of the gem that determines its value. For example, red garnets are commonly available affordable options. Green garnets, however, are rare and expensive.
- These gems range between 6.5 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, which means they are more vulnerable to damage than other stones like rubies, diamonds, and sapphires. Hence, they require extra care, especially as they wear daily.
- As the official birthstone for January, garnets signify friendship, protection, trust, love, and commitment. People also believe that garnets keep them safe during travel.
Glitter & Gleam With Khwaahish’s Garnet Jewellery
There’s no particular moment to wear a garnet. It can adorn you as a casual, party, or occasional jewellery throughout the year. Let’s celebrate this year’s advent and many more years to come with garnet-studded jewellery from Khwaahish. Explore our Colourful Bliss Diamond Pendant and the Sonata Diamond Chandelier Earrings featuring garnet gemstones.
Known for our spectacular diamond jewellery in Chennai, Khwaahish boasts a wide spectrum of finely crafted pieces embellished with precious stones of your choice.
Step into our showroom and discover a world of exquisite, handpicked pieces that are as unique as you are. Immerse yourself in our carefully curated collection, where every item is a true work of art. Let us help you find that special something that speaks to your soul.