Garnet (polished pebble)
Garnet carries the most beautiful, deepest red, and was prized throughout most of Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, although it's been found in graves as far back as 3000 BC. It's associated with the pomegranate (it looks like the seeds within the fruit which is where it gets its name from - "garanatus", Latin for seedlike), and therefore associated with both sacrifice and love / lust. It's connected to the reproductive system, and like most red stones, used to be worn to promote "good, strong blood" and as a symbol of courage (especially before battle). It is said to bring good luck owing to its beautiful lustre.
A wealth of historic information is written about garnet, and the stone is still used widely today in jewellery.
We will pick one stone for you which measures approximately 15mm along its length.