We are going to share some interesting facts about this month's birthstone, which is commonly given in gifts for Valentine's Day. First of all, where did Garnets get their name? It's from the Latin word pomegranate, "granatus", because the garnet crystals in rock reminded scientists of the seeds in the pomegranate fruit.
- Pyrope, from the Greek word pyropus meaning “fiery-eyed,” is the darkest red garnet. Pyrope garnets were called "Bohemian garnets" because they came from the Bohemian Hills of Czechoslovakia. They have been mined here since the 1500s, but garnets are also mined in East Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. The Pyrope Garnets range from a deep dark red to black.
- Almandine Garnets are a medium-red color. Almandine garnets range from dark brownish red to medium red. Maroon may describe this color best.
- Tsavorite garnets range from a lighter bright green to a medium dark green color. This gem tends to be a vibrant, fresh green.
Legend has it that the garnet was hung in the ark by Noah for illumination, and it is because of this that the Garnet is considered the gem of faith. Garnets are said to give the wearer night protection from nightmares. The Egyptians thought the Garnet was an antidote for snakebites and food poisoning, while Russian Czars favored the rare green garnets.
Garnets are given for the 2nd Wedding Anniversary
Rhodolite garnets are given for the 5th anniversary.