What is Garnet?

A birthstone for January. Garnet's mythology and lore goes back centuries. The name Garnet originates from the word "Granatum", which is Latin for pomegranate - a fruit with seeds resembling red garnets. Since ancient times Garnet has been rumored to have healing powers. Red stones have long been associated with purification and rejuvenation of the body. It is also said to have powers in increasing wealth, friendship, vitality, love and passion.