Garnets can be found in every color except blue, with the most popular being almandines which are a dark red and rhodolites which are a purplish-red. The deep red color also resonates with the passionate nature of Scorpio and the fiery nature of Aries.
In ancient cultures they were believed to be able to light the sky. They were also believed to have been hung in the sky to light a path for Noah’s Ark. Garnets have been thought to provide protection for the wearer. Medieval warriors wore garnets to ward off being wounded in battle and as lucky talismans, thought to help bring victory. Centuries before that, it said that King Solomon also wore garnets into battle.
Today, they are a symbol of faith, truth and light, and they are the traditional gift for the 2nd wedding anniversary.
Garnets rate 7.0-7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and are fair to good in toughness. They can be cleaned with warm, soapy water. Ultra-sonic cleaners are safe for cleaning garnets but avoid steam cleaners.