ETYMOLOGY: It comes from the latin malum granatum = Granada. It is due to rounded crystals or his resemblance to the red flowers of the pomegranate.
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Cubic, dodecahedrons, icositetraedros.
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION: Tertiary.
CLASS MINERAL: Silicates.
MINERAL ELEMENTS CHEMICAL FORMULA: Fe3 + Al 2 (SiO 4) + Ca, Mg, Mn, Ti.
HARDNESS: 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
FIELDS: Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, EEUU.
MINERALOGY: Garnet is actually a mineral group of different colors with a similar crystal structure and chemical composition related, one of its leading figures is the almandine (red with violet hue). Because the chemical composition of the garnet varies, the atomic bonds in some species are stronger than others.
MYTHOLOGY: It is said that Noah used a garnet lamp in order to surely send his ark in the darkness of night. At the auction of the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis an amazing cabochon garnet flower brooch nineteenth century on fair of the Middle Ages, the victors adorned shield and sword hilt with garnets for protection was.
PROPERTIES: It is said that green garnet helps to develop new perspectives, gives new impetus in deadlocks, the green minerals have a harmonizing and neutralizing effect. Green releases the feelings, increase the speed and responsiveness and arouse interest and enthusiasm. Green brings initiative and will to live, stimulates the sense and the ability of perception and draws our attention to the material world.
CHAKRAS: Spleen and heart.
ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus.
USES: Jewellery, collection, meditation, Garnets are key mineral in interpreting the genesis of many igneous and metamorphic rocks by Geothermobarometry.