The name garnet comes from the latin word "granatus" (seed-like) - because it looks similar to a pomegranate seed.
Garnet is known as a stone of heroes – those that have to deal with difficult tasks and trials to prove their courage. Warriors used to have garnets set into their shields and sword hilts to protect them and bring luck, wealth and blessings.
Garnet is a fire stone and aligned with the planet Mars.
Garnets are usually red, but also come in various other colours such as pink, green, orange, yellow, brown and black.
Garnet is a stone of commitment – to purpose, others and yourself.
It is also a stone of health, drawing negative energy from the chakras and transforming the energy to positive. It cleanses the chakras and re-energises them. It purifies and balances energy and inspires love and devotion. It also alleviates emotional disharmony, activates and strengthens the survival instinct and brings courage and hope. It aids with past life recall, sharpens your perceptions, removes inhibitions and brings self confidence. Garnet controls anger, especially anger towards the self. It encourages faith, fidelity, grace and compassion, brings constancy to friendships, combats depression and fatigue, and enhances creativity. It also brings with it trust, understanding, sincerity, honesty and devotion.
Garnet aids with disorders of the spine, bone, cells and purifies the heart, lungs and blood. It also boosts the immune system and energy levels. Garnet helps the thyroid & the spleen and also repairs damaged DNA.