Wednesday, January 8, 2014
ROCK TRIVIA: GARNET
Garnets have been popular for thousands of years. Garnet necklaces have been found in graves dating back to 3000 B.C. The gemstone was popular with Anglo-Saxons and was used for jewelry in Victorian times. They were most often used as protection in amulets and talismans of travelers as it was believed that garnets kept travelers safe from dangers. Legend says Noah, used a lantern from garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness.
Although the color red occurs most frequently, there are also garnets showing shades of green, pale to bright yellow, orange and brown shades.
Probably the most famous piece of garnet jewelry is the flower brooch from the 19th century that was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. It was sold at Sotheby’s auction on April 24, 1996.