Garnet ~ Hessonite
Hardness: 6.5 – 7
Found: Canada, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
Chakra: Root Chakra
Hessonite Garnet derives its name from the Greek hesson, meaning “inferior.” This was because Hessonite Garnet has a lower harness than that of other types of garnet. It is also sometimes known as “Cinnamon Stone” because of it’s yellow to reddish color; it is the more orange variety of grossular garnet. (The other variety of grossular garnet is green.) In Quebec, Canada, some miners have found pinkish hessonites among the asbestos.
Garnet is a powerful stone of attraction; Encourages the expression of one’s dreams and visions; Expands awareness; Aids in past life recall; Transmutes negative energies; Cultivates a sense of physical security and safety.
Garnet is derived from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate. Red garnets were used in the former Czechoslovakia as far back as the Bronze Age and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 B.C. Aztec and Native Americans also used it as an ornamental object. It is told that the only light that Noah had on his ark was provided by a large garnet.
All garnets carry the energy of prosperity and the enjoyment of worldly pleasures.