Garnet is the birthstone for January and dates back to 3100 B.C. It is derived from the greek word ‘granatum’ and reminded the ancients of the ruby colored pearls inside of a pomegranate. Red garnets are the most abundant in color, but they come in almost every color including color changing. Garnets are found in almost all parts of the world, with most of them coming from Africa. This gem is made up of six closely related minerals - almandine, pyrope, grossular, spessartite, andradite, and uvarovite – with most garnets containing a mixture of 2 or more of these. Garnets are loved for their vivid colors as well as their brilliance that spans the color spectrum. They are thought to keep a traveler safe when wearing it, and are often gifted for the 2nd Wedding Anniversary.
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