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Birthstone of January: the Grenade

By Frank

Highly experienced diamond polisher who loves to share his knowledge with you. Continues to stun his colleagues with interesting - or simply bizarre - facts about diamonds and gems.

January 1, 2017

The birthstone of January is the garnet or grenade. The stone gets its name from the deep dark red color it usually has even though a garnet can come in different colors. The history of the stone probably goes back to the Bronze Age. A garnet stands for friendship, purity, and should protect against the influence of the devil. Usually, the stone has a deep red color but purple, orange, yellow, brown and green garnets also occur.

rough piece of garnet

The garnet stands for:

 

  • Friendship
  • Purity
  • Love (those for which you always go home again)
  • Protection
  • Bringing the traveler back home
  • Medicinal, good for the heart and circulatory system and protects against poisoning

The grenade is also part of a two-year wedding anniversary (sometimes even with a 6-year-anniversary), the constellation Capricorn and Aquarius and in the Chinese horoscope in the rat.

woman wearing garnet ring

Meaning of the name grenade

The grenade or garnet was used in the Bronze Age as a gemstone. The name of the stone comes from the old English word “Gernet ‘which means ‘dark’ or is a corruption of the Latin’ granatus’. The stone is said to resemble the seeds of the pomegranate.

pomegranate and seeds

The myth of the grenade

The grenade plays a role in the Greek myth of Persephone, who is abducted by the dark god of the underworld, Hades. After a desperate search by her mother Demeter, Hades let Persephone go, but not just like that. She may be on earth for half a year, then they should stay again for half a year into the dark world of Hades. To be sure of that, Hades feeds poor Persephone some seeds of the pomegranate, because who ate something in the underworld, would always have the strong need to go back. That is why the pomegranate represents a strong desire in Greek mythology.

Colorful world stone

The red grenade is the most famous color, but the gemstone comes in many colors and types. The color range from red through pink / violet to green, blue and even almost colorless.

uncut garnet in tweezers

Therapeutic stone

In alternative medicine, the stone also plays a part. The stone can balance you and can bring balance into one’s life, reduce stress and anxiety and help people in making decisions. In addition, the grenade reinforces positive emotions, the strongest, of course, being love! Do you want to learn everything about colored gems and colored diamonds? Book a diamond tour at Royal Coster Diamonds in Amsterdam. You’ll see some of the worlds greatest (colored) diamonds, historical artifacts and much more!

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