Rhodolite Garnet: Light to dark pink
to purplish red.
Spessartite Garnet: Yellowish orange
to reddish orange.
These stones all share the name Garnet
which comes from the Latin 'Granatus' which means "seedlike."
Many Garnet crystals have the shape and color of pomegranate seeds.
In ancient times it was known as Carbuncle which relates to the
color and refers to a boil or blister. (The name Carbuncle was
also applied to other red gems, but especially to red Garnet.)
Garnet has been believed to cure heart
palpitations, lung diseases, and diseases of the blood. It was
thought to represent faith, consistency, and truth. Garnets were
claimed to help the wearer resist melancholy and warn off evil
spirits, especially spirits of the night. The gemstone was endowed
with the power to protect against poison, and was believed to
inspire contemplation and induce a joyous state. It was also a
stone of loyalty and truthfulness, and offered its wearer the
power to protect their standing and possessions.
Today, Garnet is found in many locations
and is principally supplied from Africa, North America, and India.