Garnet sometimes goes unmentioned, but it is a glorious gemstone!
The name originates from the Latin word ‘granatus’, meaning pomegranate. This is why the stone is commonly associated with a range of red hues, however, garnets come in a kaleidoscope of natural colours! This is because they are actually a group of minerals, meaning the appearance varies widely. All of the different garnets share a common crystal structure but vary in their chemical composition.
Altogether there are at least 17 different varieties of garnet. Here are a few: