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.