Garnet is believed by many to have special properties that do many different things. The birthstone for January, garnet, has a lot of different mystical and health related purposes according to some. It is believed that if you place 3 or more garnet stones on your desk you can increase the amount of success in your business life. It is said to contain properties that bring you success in business and turn around financial issues. Also, garnet jewelry is believed to have the ability to make a person self confident and even increase their overall popularity with others. Although, self confidence can contribute to popularity all on its own, it is said to be a protective stone, keeping those going on trips safe from harm. Some also believe that it can make friendships stronger and bring people closer together. That would make garnet or garnet jewelry the perfect gift to give to a friend.
Garnet is also said to have healing properties. It is believed that if you sleep with a garnet stone under your pillow than you will be cured of depression. These apply to red garnet in particular. The stone is said to hold the power to purify the thyroid and spleen when held over the areas. It can also be used on the head or held while meditating in order to connect with past lives. It is a symbol of purity, truth, love and compassion along with helping you feel secure, increasing spirituality and increasing sex drive.