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D*S Gem Handbook: Garnet

by Maxwell Tielman

Text by Amy Azzarito. Design by Maxwell Tielman.

Although the garnet can be found in many colors, the most recognizable are stones that have a deep red color. It is from the deep red garnets that the stone gets its name as it looked like the seeds of a pomegranate and so was named granitus, meaning seed-like in Latin. The Romans wore signet rings with carved garnets that they used to stamp the sealing wax on important documents, attributed the stone to the god of war, Mars, and believed it symbolized fire. In the Middle Ages, the garnet was thought to be an antidote to poison. Today it has a New Age reputation of bringing prosperity and pleasure to the wearer.

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