A semi-precious stone, the Garnet is found in a myriad of colours. They are known for their curative properties and calming effects and have been in use since the Bronze Age. Astrologically, it is prescribed as the birthstone for July. Garnets are also used extensively in gem healing therapy and also as substitutes for primary gemstones. Almadine, Andradite, Grossular, Uvarovite etc. are different varieties that are available across the globe.
Garnet stone is the birthstone and the rashi ratna for sun sign Aquarius (Kumbh) and is prescribed as the birthstone for July. Other closely related varieties of the Garnet gemstone have different colors and are used as substitutes for other gemstones. The following are the benefits for the Garnet.
•Brings positivity, stability, good health and enthusiasm in life.
•Known to ward off nightmares (bad dreams), alleviate mental depression and cure sleep disorders.
•Attracts luck and wealth in business.
•Blesses its wearer with safe travels, strength and wanderlust.
•Gives the power to have clear focus, self-awareness and fulfilling commitments.
•Benefits sex drive, potency, vigor and reproductive health.
•Benefits the heart lungs, spinal cord, bones (esp. backbone).
Being affordable than most, Garnets can fetch anywhere from price Rs. 150 per carat and Rs. 300 per carat in India.
Note: Rs .10,000/carat= Rs. 9,000/ratti
The quality of Garnet depends upon its cut, colour and clarity. The stone should be neatly polished with a smooth and cut surface. The cut and shape of Garnet gemstones only has ornamental significance and not astrological.
Colour: The best quality Garnets come from having a pure and uniform color. It has a variety of variants which are available in almost every colour.
Clarity: Garnets are graded as Type II on the clarity scale meaning there might be some internal inclusions in the gemstone. Higher clarity gemstones are preferred for astrological purposes.
Cut: In order to improve aesthetics gemstones are put through the cutting process. A faceted cut will fetch a higher premium instead of a round or oval Garnet.
Origin: Different types of Garnets are found in different parts of the world. It was most recently found in Madagascar and since has been discovered in the USA, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania and parts of Turkey.
Absolutely! Garnets are often used as substitutes for other gems. Red Garnet is used as a substitute for Ruby, while brown garnet is used as a substitute for the finer Yellow Grossular Garnet - Hessonite.
3.The best choice of metal for the Garnet is Silver. Alternatively you can also use Gold and Panchdhatu.
Most gemstone dealers sell heated and treated Garnets, which have lesser astrological effects, thereby not making you get your money’s worth. Therefore do ensure that you get a trusted lab certification mentioning tests for treatment.
It is always recommended to purchase a Garnet certified by an independent gem testing laboratory.
Zodiac Gems is one of the leading providers of loose gemstones and coloured gemstone jewellery online. We always provide 100% natural original gemstones only, along with genuine Lab certificates.
(Beware! Fake labs do exist).
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