Birthstone: January

by Birgit E. Sch├╝renberg

The colour of the red garnet varies from dark red to orange. The red garnet is associated primarily with the root chakra. It opens and activates this chakra while drawing nourishing earth energy into the body. pictureThe garnet is a grounding stone that stimulates life-force. Garnets of other colours are linked with other energies and chakras.

For gentle spiritual healing you should choose a cut and polished clear garnet. This stone also has a protective energy which is especially effective against evil. It’s also known as the stone of commitment - to purpose, to others and also to oneself.

The name garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus” meaning seed or grain. The name was given to the uncut red garnet because of its close resemblance to a pomegranate seed. The pomegranate is sometimes known as a gift of love in Greek Myth.

Garnets have been used as a source of light for thousands of years. It is said that Noah used large garnets to light the path and the interior of the Ark. It was also one of the stones used in the breast-plates of highpriests and has been used as a sacred or healing stone by the American Indians, the South American Indians, the Aztecs, the Mayans and by certain African tribes. pictureThe garnet works a stone of health by extracting negative energies from the chakras and transmuting them to create a beneficial state. It’s also a stone of purification. Red garnet is used to treat disorders of the blood and low blood pressure. It can also be used for treating disorders of the heart and lungs, the spine and spinal fluid, the bones and the cells. It’s said to enhance the assimilation of iodine, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, D and E.

The garnet is a symbolic gift of love for the eighteenth anniversary of marriage, and it’s also given as a token to mark two-year anniversaries. 

For more information about stones and crystals contact Birgit E. Sch├╝renberg (natural therapist, crystal healer, reiki master), General Manager, Ornament Gifts, 205/1 Umm Suqeim Building, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, telephone: 04 3382433 or 050 7959916, fax 04 8846233, email:

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