|Colour||Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray, Black, White, and colourless|
|Appearance||Transparent or translucent to opaque|
|Hardness||6.5 - 8.0|
Garnet is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of January.
Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that come in a variety of colours. The most common colour of Garnet is red but is also found in pink, orange, green, deep brown, purple, and black variations.
The name Garnet comes from the Latin word “Garanatus"—meaning seed, in reference to the gemstone's resemblance to the red seeds of a pomegranate.
Historically, Garnet has been a highly popular and prized gemstone, with use in jewellery dating back as far as 3000 B.C.
Thought to provide protection against evil, from nightmares and during travel, Garnet is also well regarded as a stone of love and passion—enhancing sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy.
Garnet is believed to carry strong regenerative powers, purifying, and revitalising energies, bringing serenity as well as confidence.