Garnets share a similarity in color with pomegranates, and small stones look like pomegranate seeds. Thus, the name Garnet was born in the old world - deriving from the Latin word “granatum”, meaning pomegranate.
The term garnet actually refers to a group of more than ten different gemstones that have a similar chemical composition. While the wine red varieties of this gemstone are most familiar, garnet can also be found in various shades of pink, green, yellow, orange, brown, and black. The most common red varieties of garnet are called Pyrope and Rhodolite. Other common gemstone varieties of garnet are reddish-to-golden brown Hessonite, and yellow, green, and brown Grossularite (Green Garnet). Deposits of garnet are found in Burma, China, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States. Rhodolite garnet is often found in the United States.
Garnet has been a gift to loved ones who travel since ancient times. It is said to benefit the root chakra, grounding its wearer and providing energy. Garnet is the birthstone for January.