Get to know: Garnet
Appearance: Deep shades of crimson, merlot and mahogany. Faceting raw garnet can reveal the stone’s true red hue. Small chunks of raw garnet are often comparable to the appearance of pomegranate seeds.
Origin: Garnet is commonly mined in India, Namibia, Kenya, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
• Energizing and revitalizing
• Protects against evil, nightmares and wounds
• Known for its manifestation powers, garnet is the perfect stone to transform a dream into reality.
• Increases hope, honesty and commitment. Since the Bronze Age, garnet has been a popular present for couples celebrating a wedding anniversary.
• Harnesses creativity
Garnet trivia: Garnet is not only a beautiful gemstone to wear, but it’s also a scientific marvel. Garnet’s hardness and grittiness make it perfect for use in sandpaper, abrasives and watch gears.
Garnet inspired workshops: Bead Fest Santa Fe
This workshop proves that 2 stones are better than one! Learn how to stack and assemble multiple stones and form the ring or pendant of your dreams.
Instructor: Richard Salley
Skill Level: Beginner
REGISTER — Only 1 spot remains!
Create an eye-catching masterpiece out of epoxy clay and hundreds of dazzling Swarovski crystals.
Cosmic Bling Bangle
Instructor: Debra Saucier
Skill Level: All Levels
REGISTER — 19 spots remain!
Learn to create your own one-of-a-kind stone and metal pendant in a small space with minimal tools and materials.
Kitchen Table Soldering
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Skill Level: Beginner
REGISTER — 8 spots remain!
Ready to shop for your own garnet gemstones and beads?
Click on our exhibitors below to shop their garnet selection!
Thomason Stone Supply: Semi precious stone beads, turquoise, apple coral, jet, and amber
Kameyab Imports: Opal, turquoise, lapis, and finished jewelry
DiWolf: Gemstone handmade products: cabochons, focal beads, pendant stones, and unique jewelry
If you have a favorite garnet piece, let us know if you’ve ever experienced the gemstone’s speculated healing powers! Here at Bead Fest, we love learning about the materials we work with just as much as we love creating with them. Stay tuned for a very special instructor spotlight next week, and come back in February for another birthstone post.