I’m attracted to gemstones’ connectivity to our planet. Not just considering the millions of years they’ve taken to form in the deep dark heart of our earth, but the colours they reflect in other parts of nature.
Take the Garnet
The Garnets’ name comes from the Latin granatum, which means grain. When the stone is cut in its typical cabochon (domed) style, it amazingly resembles the translucent red seeds of the Pomegranate.
It's the birthstone of our babes born in January, many happy returns to you!
And as all good gemstones, Garnets have some legendary tales you may not have encountered.
Garnet, the Stone of Light
Legend has it that a large Garnet adorned a pedestal in the middle of Noah's Ark. The brightness of the stone was said to illuminate the sea, allowing the ship to travel safely through the night. You’ll also read Jacinth or Hyacinth if you’re in the bible.
Talismans featuring Garnets were set into signet rings, belt buckles and other personal objects to protect warriors during battle, in order to bring them peace when they returned.
During the 1600s, surgeons placed Garnets near wounds as it was believed that they would stop blood loss and haemorrhages. And Native American healers believed that Garnets had protective powers against injury and poison.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis owned a cabochon cut flower brooch, which was auctioned for $US145,000 at Sotheby's in 1996.
Garnets strongly refract the light, so have stayed popular for a long time.
A strong stone that can be worn daily, a soft cloth will clean it back to brilliance.
Rhodolite Garnet for Creativity
Traditional Rose Cut Heart
A choice of Earrings, Necklace and Rings
Set in 925 Silver or 22ct Gold Vermeil
Design with a touch of Mexico and Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet - symbolic of preciousness of all kinds of love
Goodness in every sale with a donation direct to the Artisans
Almandine coloured Garnets (blue/purple)
Delicate facet cut to refract the light
Necklace with a double lock
Set in 925 Silver
Namesake is the Andaman sea, Thailand, home to over 150 islands and rich with coral reefs
Goodness in every sale with a donation to the Australian Marine Conservation Society
Here’s to 2022 being the year of the long awaited journeys around the planet.
The Garnet is said to protect travellers and was historically exchanged between friends as tokens that they would meet again. So until we meet again, back to the luscious summer Pomegranate, in season now in Australia (wink wink).
Here’s one of my fav Pomegranate Summer Recipes Bravo Ottolenghi!
Enjoy a happy 2022 SIS’ter