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A Medieval cure for depression, a protection from bad dreams and a customary gift for a departing loved one to ensure a swift return, garnet is a stone with a rich and varied history.

Not only the birthstone for January, garnet is also a traditional gift for a 2nd or 18th wedding anniversary. It is one of the oldest known gemstones and artefacts decorated with it have been unearthed in Ancient Egyptian tombs.

The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word granatus, which means seed or grain and is probably a reference to pomegranate seeds, as many garnets bear more than a passing resemblance to them. Our pomegranate charm is a wonderful companion for a garnet, both aesthetically and in celebration of their entwined history.

Many cultures associate garnets with love and passion and also good luck and protection for travellers. However, our favourite belief about garnets hails from ancient Chinese culture, in which a garnet was the mineral expression of the soul of a tiger. 

Garnet is also renowned for bringing about transformation, which makes garnet jewellery a pertinent gift for anyone in the process of making big life changes.