The name Garnet comes from Latin granatum, and translates to 'many seeds', with reference to pomegranate seeds. In old Spanish astrology, the garnet symbolized the sun, whilst in Christian tradition the garnet symbolises the blood of Christ. During the Middle Ages, people believed dragons to have eyes made from huge, blood red garnets. It is said that to dream of a Garnet will lead to the solution of a mystery. Garnets have been prized by civilisations throughout history, a necklace has been found with garnet beads that dates back to 3000 BC. It was said to be one of the four stones given to King Solomon by God to rule over creation, and Noah was said to have taken a finely cut glowing garnet that helped him tell the difference between night and day when the Sun and Moon stopped shining during the flood. In Muslim lore, the Koran tells us that a Garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven, whereas in Hindu beliefs the fingernails of the dead demon Vala fell into lotus ponds on earth as Hessonite Garnets. Garnets have long had an association with blood, due to their colour. Although many people associate them with healing wounds and invulnerability, some tribes actually used them as bullets with the belief they would cause more deadly wounds than normal bullets. In 1892, the Hanzas used garnet bullets against British troops on the Kashmir frontier.

Alternative Names Anyolite, Tanzanite, Thulite
Colour Red, Orange, Green, Purple, Pink, White
Hardness 6.5 - 7.5
Crystal system Isometric
Streak White
Lustre Vitreous, Resinous
Main Locations Worldwide
Chakra Root
Zodiac Aries, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius
Numerology 4
Planetary Mars
Element Fire, Earth