Seeing as how I turned the ripe old age of 34 today, I thought it would be fitting (and fun!) to write about my birthstone as this week’s B topic.
My birthstone is Garnet. You may be surprised to learn that I currently I do not own any jewelry containing garnet stones. Why? Honestly, I’m just not drawn to this stone as much as I am to labradorite, moonstone, and well, diamonds. However, this at may change as I discovered some interesting info on the history of garnets. 😉
Historically, garnets were used by the Egyptians in their jewelry. Garnet can be found in India, Sri Lanka and Africa.
“The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the red color and seed-like form of this fruit.” (Source : EarthSky)
Hmm, Hades and Persephone, anyone? 😉
While most people associate red as the color of garnets, they come in all different colors such as black, yellow, orange, green (which are rare!) and even a colorless version. I would love to see a colorless garnet stone in person, it would be something I’d love to have on my altar. It’s unfortunate the stone is only marketed in its red color variations. Garnet is definitely an underrated gemstone. As far as symbolism goes, garnets represent eternal friendship, trust, and loyalty. Very nice attributes, indeed!