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My Grandmother's Garnet Pendant

Updated on May 16, 2014

One of My Most Prized Possessions

I bought it for my grandmother on November 16, 2006 just before 7:00 pm. An oval cut Garnet pendant in Sterling Silver with an 18" chain.

I actually saw it online some time before that. I wasn't looking for Garnet jewelry, and I wasn't shopping for my Gram at the time. I used to look at quite a bit just to see what they were offering. One day I saw the pendant. It wasn't my style of jewelry at all, nor was it my Grandmother's birthstone, or even her favorite color, but I was drawn to it. For some reason it made me think of her.

The Healing Powers of Red Garnets

Being my inquisitive self I started looking up information on Garnets and found that red Garnets are thought to have healing powers. Now, I don't normally take that kind of information to heart, but my Grandmother was just about my favorite person in the world and she was having one health problem after another. Doctors had given her 6 months to live. So at that point, what is there to lose.

It's said that red Garnets strengthen the heart, stimulate the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin, and improve blood circulation. They regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lessen arrhythmia, and help with digestion. They've also been thought to help joints function properly in those with rheumatism and arthritis.

After reading that I knew I wanted to get the pendant I had seen.

The Pendant

The only trouble was, the website where I saw it only offered a few items at a time, and they were randomly selected from hundreds of different pieces of jewelry. To make it more difficult each piece was only on the site for 15 minutes at a time.

It was meant to be. I was lucky enough to see that Garnet pendant for sale again and as soon as I did I scooped it up. I held on to it for a month and it was one of the Christmas presents I gave her that year. When she opened it up I told her why I chose it, and that she had to wear it all of the time. She did. :)

To make a long story short, the doctors were all wrong. I like to believe it was the necklace that I gave her that helped her stay with us 3 extra years. She passed away one month after her 92nd birthday on April 28 2009. Now that Garnet necklace belongs to me. Each time I wear it I lift it up, give it a kiss and think of her.

Garnet Pendant with Diamonds in 14K White Gold


1 dark red cushion cut garnet; 1.75 cts

20 brilliant cut round diamonds; 0.10 ctw.

This was Giant Squid Summer School Lens Making Challenge #2

How do you feel about Garnets?

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    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      5 years ago from California

      What a great story! I should get a garnet for my mom who is fighting cancer and there are times her platlet count is too low, and times of all kinds of other issues. It sounds like the healing powers in garnets just might be the trick, and her birthday is coming up.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for discussing a Garnets healing properties.

    • Petstrel LM profile image

      Petstrel LM 

      6 years ago

      This really is a beautiful pendant.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      A beautiful necklace and a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us

    • LoKackl profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful story. Pretty garnets!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a sweet story and such a beautiful lady. I loved her picture. She reminds me of my grandmother I loved so much. I know you will treasure her Garnet pendant even more knowing she wore it with your love.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What a wonderful story. I sure didn't know that Garnet had healing powers. I might have to wear my necklace more often.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a nice story, and a very pretty piece too! I'd never heard that said about garnets--the healing power.

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Love the garnet jewelry I got from my husband. Nice work & story behind this pendant.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Great story and full of vitality!! I featured it on my lens of the same assignment!

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      9 years ago

      Garnets are beautiful and so is that pendant. That shade of red is one of my favorite colors :)

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Garnet has such an intense red color. Lovely.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful piece!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA



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