In medieval times, garnets were prized for their powers of protection and adorned armored shields carried by well-paid knights. Garnets were also known to protect against bad dreams and diseases of the liver, which also might explain why they were so popular with the knights. In Victorian times, they were still prized for protection, but of a different kind… widows wore them to symbolize undying fidelity to their dead spouses, thus “protecting” them from any unwanted advances.
Garnet has a revitalizing energy and is best utilized by the base, sacral and heart chakras. It’s a good stone to assist in bringing deep held negative emotions to the surface in order cleanse and redirect the energy for positive use. As we all know, negative emotions can be very powerfully destructive. The good news is that once we cleanse and harness that energy it can be just as powerfully productive.