Garnet is a term given to a family of silicate minerals, also called Nesosilicate. It is available in almost all colors including red, brown, orange, pink, black, green and blue. The Blue ones are very rare.
Chemical Composition: X3Y2(SiO4)3
Hardness on Moh's Scale: 6.5 to 7.5
Specific Gravity: 3.1 to 4.3
Refractive Index: 1.72 to 1.94
Etymology: According to the Wikipedia, the word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word garnet, meaning 'dark red'. It is derived from the Latin granatus, from granum ('grain, seed'). This is possibly a reference to mela granatum or even pomum granatum ('pomegranate', Punica granatum), a plant whose fruits contain abundant and vivid red seed covers (arils), which are similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.
Red Garnet is one of the many species of Garnet gemstone. It is an Iron-aluminum silicate with Chemical composition as Fe3Al2(SiO4)3. Other names by which red garnets are known to the world are Almandine, Carbuncle, Almandine Ruby & Oriental Garnet.
Origin: Red Garnets are mostly been mined from Rajasthan in India and western provinces of Australia.
Main Astrological Gemstone: Ruby.
Astrological Significance (Who should wear Red Garnet): Red Garnet, because of its bright red color, is considered to be the best substitute for the astrological birthstone - Ruby. People born in Lagna Leo (Simha) can wear a Red Garnet for a lifetime. Apart from Leo, people with Lagna Aries (Mesh), Cancer (Kark), Scorpio (Vrishchik), Sagittarius (Dhanu) and Pisces (Meen) can also wear Red Garnet gemstone.
Benefits of Red Garnet:
- Red Garnet is known as travelers' gemstone since the ancient times. It is believed to protect those people whose work involves a lot of traveling from one place to another.
- It is also believed to have powers to eradicate all the negative energies and keep the wearer far from evil thoughts.
- Particularly beneficial for those indulging in Business, Surgery, Politics, etc.
- It can also cure many diseases related to lungs and spine.
When to wear (Best Day & Time): Best time to wear Red Garnet gemstone is during sunrise of a Sunday between Ashtami tithi of Shukla Paksha ( the 8th day the Waxing moon period) and Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha (8th day of waning moon period).
Best Weight (in carat or ratti): Red Garnet is a semi-precious gemstone. Every gemstone, when worn for an astrological purpose, need to adapt to the body mass of the person. Therefore, it is considered good to wear the gemstone more than 1/10th carat of the body weight of the person. For example, if a person weighs 60kgs, he/she should wear minimum 6 carat [60 / 10 = 6].
Best Metal(s): Red Garnet should preferably be worn in Panchadhatu or Silver. One may consider wearing it in Copper metal but only after consultation from a professional astrologer.
On which finger to wear: Red Garnet gemstone is considered to be most effective when worn in the ring finger (Anamika) of active hand (For right-handed people, an active hand is a right hand and vice-versa).
How to wear (Best procedure to wear):
On the selected day & time to wear your Red Garnet, take your ring or pendant studded with the Red Garnet and place it in a clean and empty bowl.
Now, add Panchadravyas (Five Sacred Elements) in the following pattern one by one to the bowl – Starting with: GANGA JAL (Holy Water), TULSI LEAVES (Basil leaves), MILK, HONEY & GHEE (Butter). Mix them together in the bowl with your finger and keep the bowl in front of you.
Close your eyes and recite the Mantra "Om Hreem Sum Suryaya Namah:" 108 times and pray to the Surya Dev (Lord Sun) to give you the endurance, power, will to work hard & prosperity.
Open your eyes and take the ring out of the bowl. Dip it in another bowl of clean water and soak it with a cotton cloth piece and wear it.
Note: Please do not throw the mixture of Panchadravya in the dump. Rather, pour it in a flowerpot or Plant pot as this mixture is considered a good fertilizer too.
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