The vision of luscious Bordeaux, Merlot or Cabernet wines best describes the color of Garnet, one of my favorite gemstones that I design jewelry with. Garnet is the gemstone associated with the first calendar month of the year - January. This deep, rich stained-glass color of the garnets suggests a connection with love, passion, and desires. Not only is this passion linked with sexual lust, it is also linked with all the different desires that an individual can possess. In this sense, red garnet can be used to restore lost passion.
I personally love to give Garnet jewelry gifts to those I feel very close to. In metaphysical sense, one of the most important characteristics of garnets is their purification ability. They have a strong healing capacity and can help in purifying the bodily energies, in removing toxins, and in restoring, revitalizing and cleansing the body, the mind, and the spirit. This lavish colored gem is said to protect in times of danger, encourage in times of weakness, and bring hope in times of despair. Garnet stones are known to attract loyal friendships and success in business. They have been around for thousands of years as protective, magical, and mystical allies to humans. Inspiring love and devotion, Garnet is a stone of romantic love. Instigating passion to the wearer it is said to balance the sex drive, enhance sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy. It is said to bring positive thoughts and boosts energy. It can also assist with success in one's career and building one's self-confidence. Garnet is also a protective energy stone which is especially effective for protection from anything negative that may occur. In addition to the metaphysical energies of Garnet, it is particularly geared toward creative and personal expression when I design my jewelry collections.