Garnets are aligned with the root chakra, its element is fire, naturally, and it is January’s birthstone. However, there’s more to this gem than meets the eye. Garnet is best known for its properties of love and luck and can be found around the world. Garnets are formed through what is called a ‘skarn process,’ which basically means that it’s a metamorphic rock that has been chemically changed by hot, chemically-active fluids such as magma. A skarn can contain more than one type of gem.
As with many stones, there are numerous types of garnets, and the colors range from red and pink to orange, green and yellow, and even black and brown.
The use of Garnets dates back to the Ancient Egyptians and they were used extensively for the jewelry of the Pharaohs. These stones were used in Greece, Sumeria, Sweden, and Rome. In Rome, large garnets were carved into bowls to use for eating and drinking. It’s still known for its versatility and healing properties.
Garnets are closely connected to the Earth in spite of its association with fire, and it often serves as a talisman of protection and unyielding strength, increasing willpower and resistance to all things negative.