A group of silicate materials that have been used as gemstones since the bronze age, the varying colours of garnets all vary in chemical composition as well but are similar in physical characteristics and crystalline properties. Pure crystals of garnet are most often thought of as deep red, but can also occur in yellow, orange and even green. The colour of a garnet is often changeable, according to the light conditions it is viewed under.
Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January. Considered the stone of passionate devotion, the Garnet is said to attract luck, loyalty and success. It is said that to help a struggling business, three garnets should be placed on your desk to help attract good fortune. Garnets can also be used to aid in making friends and attracting good people into your life when worn as jewellery, it is especially useful for those that are quite introverted or awkward in social situations as it also has a secondary use in promoting self esteem, love and compassion.
Garnets have been used for centuries inlaid in gold to create striking pieces, most often associated with Anglo-Saxon decorative pieces and weaponry.