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Garnet GemstoneThe rich maroon color of garnet is something that one cannot help but fall in love with. Although this gemstone falls in the semi precious category garnet is extremely well loved and sought after in jewelry by women across the globe. The most familiar color of garnet is maroon but this stone is also found in other hues like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, pink, brown and purple due to a unique combination of iron, calcium, and manganese that are inherent in the stone. The pomegranate color is the most common in garnets which also gives these gemstones their name. The word ‘granatum’ in Latin means pomegranate which these stones ideally resemble. Of all the colors that garnets are found in, blue happens to be the rarest and most sought after variety.

Garnets date back to 3100 BC during the ancient Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations. These beautiful stones were worn by warriors as a good luck charm during the medieval times. Garnets were lavishly set in shields, armors and buckles that were worn by the warriors in order to protect them in the battlefield. Garnets were also considered to be useful in strengthening personal relationships as these stones help in combating loneliness, isolation and negative feelings. Garnets are also recommended for couples as these remarkable stones bring love, romance and stability in a relationship besides sprucing one’s conjugal relation.

Garnet is one gemstone that looks beautiful not just in jewelry but also has various other uses. Garnet sand is a very good abrasive and is often used in sand blasting as a replacement for silica sand. Garnet is also effective in cutting steel. Garnet also has medicinal properties and is highly useful in curing blood pressure, anemia, fever, inflammation, heart problems, thyroid and hemorrhage. Depression and stress also can be combated with the help of garnets.

Garnet happens to be the official birthstone for the month of January. It is also an anniversary stone for the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries. Garnets range between 7 and 7.5 in hardness on the Mohs scale.

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