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Garnet ...Metamorphic Wonder!

Garnets form as a result of the metamorphosis of sedimentary rocks under intense heat and pressure within the Earth`s crust, often at the boundaries of moving tectonic plates.  

There are several groups of Garnet , the most common being  Pyrope and Alamandite , which are magnesium or iron aluminium silicates.

The word Garnet originated from the Latin word for seed, `granatus`, as it resembles the seed of the pomegratate. It was worn as a protective amulet  by Saxons , Celts, Native Americans and both Muslims and Christians during the Crusades .

It is a birthstone for Aquarius and it thought to protect, purify and inspire love and devotion.