The Name Garnet

The Name Garnet loose sale price & Garnet Gemstone Information

The Name Garnet comes from the Latin word, “granatus” which means grain. That is because many garnet deposits are small grains of red crystals in or on their host rock. Garnets have several species, as well as several varieties. They are listed here, with more detailed information after the general descriptions. The name "garnet" is derived from the Latin "granatum" meaning "pomegranate" because the crystals resemble the red color and seed-like form of this fruit. Most people think of the garnet as a red gemstone, but in fact, it exists in all kinds of colors, such as black, many shades of red and green, or even colorless. The garnet's variety of colors comes from metals such as manganese, iron, calcium, and aluminum. Some varieties even contain mineral fibers that produce the illusion of a four- or six-rayed star within the stone. Green garnets are most highly prized but are very rare. Emerald green and colorless stones are highly valued, followed by pure red garnets.