Garnet combines in its chemical structure several closely related minerals that have similar physical and crystalline properties. Belonging to the silicate family, this gem is a semi-precious stone and has a reddish-brown color. The name garnet has its epistemological roots in the 14th century and is derived from the word “grenate” (red pomegranate).
How the stone was used
Garnet was the most widely used stone in ancient Rome to adorn:
- Clothing of knights;
- Emperor’s and king’s accessories.
Today it maintains its popularity in the world of jewelry. Frequently used to add a dominant and exciting accent when worn on the hands or in the ears, garnet is mined in several countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Germany. It is the traditional Gemini stone and the stone of January.
To refract the light, you can personalize a garnet ring by surrounding it with diamonds in a micro pavé setting. The combination of garnet with diamonds will give you a charming and flattering contrast, which is especially exciting when diamonds, garnets and gold are used in the same design. You can let the pomegranate beads hang over your shoulders in a gorgeous pair of garnet earrings. You can also create a garnet necklace like no other.
Myths about garnet gemstone
It was already highly valued at the time of the pharaohs of Egypt and the Roman Empire. In Antiquity, garnets served multiple functions: from adorning mummified bodies in ancient Egypt; until they were set in rings that were used as seals to close important documents in the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages.
Red garnets were the most common gems from the late Roman period and among the barbarian peoples who took the territory of the Western Roman Empire. The Vikings wore garnet jewelry as funeral ornaments to enlighten the deceased on the journey to Walhalla, while the crusaders decorated their armor with this gem for greater courage in battle, and the victors adorned the shield and sword hilt with garnets. as protection.
18th and 19th centuries
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Garnet will be especially loved and coveted as a Precious Stone, particularly Bohemian garnet. In the latest story, and as an anecdote, the auction of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’s estate at Sotheby’s on April 24, 1996, was an amazing 19th century cabochon garnet flower brooch that sold for $ 145,000.
Although garnet cannot be compared to precious stones such as ruby and emerald or sapphire. Jewelers throughout history have shown a predilection for this stone. Fabergé already used them and today jewelers such as JAR or Hemmerle include them in their designs for unique pieces.