Garnet refers to a family of different garnet gemstones. Garnets are often characterized as some of the most precious and important colored stones due to their alluring brilliance and rigidity. Garnet is also the January birthstone, and the name is derived from the Latin word “granatus” meaning like grain. Garnets are commonly known to be red although they exist in many different colors and chemical formulas; each also has a a distinct set of purported spiritual properties. All the different varieties of garnets share one thing in common; the ingrain crystalline structure, the only variance is the chemical composition. According to legend and folklore, garnets were some of the most significant talismans of the ancient time. The gemstones were prized as both ornaments and stones are still believed by some to possess supernatural curative and protective powers.
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