Garnet is the birthstone of January and is mined in a rainbow of colours ranging from the fiery orange of a mandarin to the rich green of a tsavorite garnet. a Garnet commonly occurs in red and when people hear garnet they immediately think of a red gemstone. The name garnet comes from the Medieval Latin word “granatus” meaning “seed like” in reference to a pomegranate. This reference is quite suitable as small garnets look like bright red seeds from a pomegranate.
The use of red garnets date back thousands of years when it was used by Egyptian pharaohs for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. The ancient Romans also wore garnet rings and traded garnet gemstones. As with many precious stones garnets were once believed to hold medicinal powers and in medieval times it protected the wearer against poisons, wounds and bad dreams. It was also believed to cure depression. Receiving a garnet is a great gift and symbolises a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections.