Garnet is a gemstone mostly commonly known to be red, but in fact it is found in a variety of colours. The five types of Garnet - Rhodolite, Almandine, Spessartine, Grossular, Andradite and Uvarovite - have different colours.
Some types Garnets have been known and used for thousands of years, while other, like Tsavorite, a Grossular Garnet, were discovered only decades ago.
The word Garnet is derived from the Latin word granatum, which meant ‘pomegranate’ a reference to the stone’s similarity in forms and colours to a pomegranate seed.
Garnets were used in former Czechoslovakia as far back as the bronze age, and in Egypt more than five thousands years ago. They were used in Sumeria around 2100 B.C. and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 B.C.
They were also popular in ancient Greek an d Roman civilisations. Aztec and other native American peoples used Garnets in ornamental objects as well.