Garnet, known as "the Stone of Happiness," is the mineral of Connecticut state, the home of our company.

Gem’s title is derived from the Latin name “Granatum,” a pomegranate, because of the resemblance the granular varieties of Garnet bears to the seeds of that fruit. 

Garnets were used in Europe as far back as the Bronze Age and in Egypt more than five thousand years ago. They were used in the Sumerian culture around 2100 B.C. and Sweden between 1000 and 2000 B.C. They were also popular in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. According to the Talmud, the only light on Noah's ark was provided by a large Garnet. Garnet has been one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of the High Priest and has been used as a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, the South American Indians, the Aztecs, the African tribal elders, and the Mayans. In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to enhancing truth, faith, and constancy and dispel melancholy. These gems were especially used inlaid in gold cells found from Anglo-Saxon England to the BlackSea.

Garnet represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification, and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings. Legends and folklore place garnet among the most ancient of talismans. As a Warrior's Stone, Garnet served as a protective amulet in the Crusades for both the Christians and Muslims.

Garnet was prized for strong powers and protective energies. It is thought to have abilities to support the removal of toxins and energizing the environment. At ancient times stones were placed in wounds.

Garnet is a sensual stone also known for its utilization of creative energy. It grounds spirit forces within the body and helps to work lovingly on the physical plane. Garnet provides a protective influence and a calming stable vitality during use. Placed under a pillow, Garnet is reputed to alleviate bad dreams. The stone has a long history of use in stressful situations.

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