The much celebrated second wedding anniversary is associated with the beautiful gemstone, the garnet. Ancient Romans were particularly fond of garnets. While the word garnet comes from an old English word which means dark red, it can also be found in other colours, with blue being the rarest and most valuable. The clear examples are the ones used for jewellery, ornaments and healing crystals, while the other opaque garnets are used in industry as an abrasive. The stones are mined primarily in northwestern India, but synthetic versions can also be created in laboratories. Garnet symbolises energy, health and passion, perfect for anniversaries!
Aurora Tears Garnet Silver Pendant
If you’re looking for garnet jewellery, then this stunning silver pendant should fit the bill. It is crafted in 925 sterling silver on an 18-inch chain and is sold on Amazon by the renowned jewellery designers Aurora Tears. Please be aware that the garnet itself is very small, measuring 0.5 x 0.73 inches. I enjoy delicate jewellery, so this necklace suits me perfectly, but some may prefer something a little more significant or more substantial. It is available in many other gemstones and therefore suitable for different anniversaries or as a birthday gift, and it comes in an attractive gift box.
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Facts About Garnet
- They are not mined from underground
Nearly all gemstones are mined from underground, but garnets are actually found as pebbles in streams and other bodies of water. They are revealed when the metamorphic rocks which hid them are weathered away and can be found in Australia, India and North and South America.
- They are thought to have medicinal powers
Garnets were often used in healing in Medieval times and were thought to protect the wearer from nightmares, poison and wounds. They are believed to help alleviate depression, and red garnets, in particular, are said to cure fevers, inflammatory diseases and haemorrhages. I don’t suggest you try this, always consult your doctor.
- Not all garnets are red
Most people associate the garnet with a deep red colour, however, it comes in a variety of different shades including black or green, and can even be transparent.
- Ancient warriors used them as protection
The Crusaders were particularly fond of garnets, believing they helped them achieve victory in battle, and would use them as protection against wounds and accidents. Asian warriors even incorporated garnets into their bullets, thinking they would inflict a more serious wound.
- The name garnet is derived from the Greek language
The origins of this gemstone’s name come from the Greek word “granatum” which actually means pomegranate seed, and reflects the fact that garnets have a similar shape and colour.
Jewellery Making Experience
For a gift with a difference, why not treat the couple or your spouse to their own jewellery making experience in London? There are different courses to choose from, where you can create your own rings or earrings, in a specialised workshop in Hatton Garden, the heart of London’s jewellery quarter. It is suitable for beginners with the help of a friendly and experienced tutor, and you get to take your own creation home afterwards. You will always remember your second wedding anniversary, each time you admire your own hand-crafted piece of jewellery!
Songs and Poetry About Garnet
You may be surprised to learn that garnets have featured in several songs. The most well-known is that of The Snake with Eyes of Garnet, as performed by Shane MacGowan & the Popes, written in 1995. It contains the following lines:
“If you miss me on the harbour
For the boat, it leaves at three
Take this snake with eyes of garnet
My mother gave to me”
A lovely poem by M L Kiser is simply entitled Garnet and describes it as follows:
“Crimson garnet; stone of blood; it purifies, some say. Perhaps it loves us way too much; never taking time to play.”
Garnet Hanging Glass Nightlight Globe
Although jewellery is a popular choice, sometimes something a little more unusual is called for. This garnet hanging glass nightlight globe is absolutely beautiful and serves two purposes. During the day it can be hung as a friendship globe, and at night, it transforms into a tea light holder. Each globe is unique as they are hand blown from recycled glass. It comes with a stainless steel tea light holder, a tea light and an attractive ribbon, ready to hang. It is actually flat at the bottom, so can be placed on any surface. The beautiful garnet coloured globe streams light into the room.
Blushing Blossoms Garnet Inspired Flowers
I can highly recommend this gorgeous bouquet, with its colours and flowers inspired by the garnet gemstone. As garnet is also the birthstone for January, this is equally suitable as a thoughtful birthday gift. A highlight of this bouquet are the beautiful pink roses, carefully chosen to match the colour of pyrope garnet. They are arranged with alstroemeria and chrysanthemums to give that wow factor. The colour of tsavorite garnet is reflected in the forest greens generously mixed throughout the bouquet.
As a gift to be remembered, the bouquet is hand-tied and a glorious mix of rainbow colours, symbolising trust and friendship. As an extra luxurious touch, it is supplied with a delightful box of handmade British truffles (these may contain nuts). For those of you who leave things to the last minute, this spectacular bouquet is available for next day delivery.
Other Options for Garnet Gifts
There are, of course, many other options, sure to delight the happy couple or your spouse on this momentous occasion. Perhaps a guardian angel pin, a garnet crystal sun catcher or an infinity promise ring. Garnet items are surprisingly affordable, with something to suit all budgets and tastes. I hope that if you are looking for garnet stone gifts for a second wedding anniversary, my suggestions have been helpful, and you have found something suitable. Please take the time to comment below, ask any questions or add your own review if you wish. I will get back to you.
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