Category Archives: Stories of gems

Garnet and Goethe

In Europe’s Bohemian garnet museum, there is a piece of red garnet that already sleeps a few hundred years; she sleeps there quietly telling each visitor a beautiful love story.

Ulrike is the owner of this garnet stone; she is the last lover of the famous poet Goethe. When 17 years old young Ulrike first met 72 years old Goethe, she falls in love with Goethe. But due to the huge age difference, her love gets big obstacles. But the headstrong young girl’s love was strong as the garnet stone in her family. Every time when she went dating with Goethe she will take that garnet stone, she deeply believes that the garnet stone will transfer her love to Goethe. She let the garnet bear witness to her constancy love.

Maybe the garnet stone really works; Goethe was deeply touched by Ulrike’s love, and thus, a great ancient poem “Marienbad Elegy” was born. Ulrike remained a bachelor woman for all her life and died at the age of 95.

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Garnet and marriage

People commemorate their marriage the same day every year. On that day, mostly exchange of gifts between couples, or invite family and friends to celebrate. Anniversary has different alias, in addition to known as silver and golden wedding, there are lots wedding anniversary we don’t know.

Garnet wedding is one of them, but this wedding is little confused, some countries consider the second anniversary is garnet wedding, some consider the 18th anniversary is garnet wedding while second anniversary is cotton wedding.

No matter which year you think is garnet wedding, garnet has its special advantage which made us like to have one garnet jewelry. It is its charming red color and cheaper price consider to ruby. Some high quality garnet looks similar to ruby, but price much lower, after designer’s work, garnet become a highlight of the numerous fine jewelry, wouldn’t you want one charming red color to highlight your necklace or fingers?

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Garnet stone in the ancient Greek mythology

Garnet is one of the 12 important gemstones, there is a beautiful story about garnet stone in the ancient Greek mythology.

People all know Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence and is eventually reunited with him.

Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, his wife Penelope gave him a new baby son Telemachus just before he was called to fight in the Trojan War. Before leaving, he gave Penelope a garnet stone, ask her to keep the stone and always remember him. After that it is 10 years Trojan War, there was bad news for the Greeks always come; when the war ended, many other Greek heroes come back home but Odysseus was not. As time went, people say Odysseus was dead already and all others trust it is true. Penelope suddenly changed to be a young, beautiful and rich widow, many men were after her. But Penelope always loved Odysseus; the garnet Odysseus gave her brings her self-confidence, the garnet’s red color made her think of Odysseus’s superhuman strength and courage, like lover’s blood. The long time wait didn’t make her come decadent and aging, she was still beautiful and graceful. She always believes Odysseus still alive and will be back to her. After 20 years leaving, Odysseus finally back, and brought huge wealth.

Since then, garnet stone was recognized as representative of faithful love; people also believe garnet stone can maintain honor, enhance healthy and keep women young and beautiful.

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