Chakra - Base
The name "Garnet" comes from the Latin word "Granatus" meaning seed-like, in reference to a pomegranate, as small Garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside one.
It is actually found in a variety of colours and chemical formulas. Colours include red, green, orange, yellow and gold.
Garnets have been used since the Bronze age as gemstones and abrasives and today they are not only worn as beautiful gemstones but are used widely in industrial markets from scientific instruments to sandpaper.
Garnet stones date back over 5000 years and were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 BC. Ancient Egyptians would place them in tombs to be enjoyed in the afterlife. They were also used extensively in jewellery for the Pharaohs.
In ancient Rome, signet rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.
Red Garnet gemstones were worn for protection and used as weapons by Asiatic tribes. They believed the colour, similar to the colour of blood, would protect them and make their weapons more deadly. Small garnet gemstones were launched at their enemies like bullets. Even as recently as 1892 Garnet stones have been used in this way when the Hanzas fired them at British troops.
Reach that goal! Garnet rocks are considered lucky and can help by enhancing your willpower and drive to achieve an important goal.
Garnet is good to have in a crisis. It strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope.
Garnet is believed to regenerate the body, stimulating metabolism.
Garnet is said to increase low libido. It inspires love and devotion and balances the sex drive. It has even been credited with aiding widows in finding a new husband. After mourning for too long, Garnet helps to regain the spirit, calming sadness and emotional pain, helping those who have gone through great despair get back on their feet and become seductive again.