Deriving its name from granatus, the Latin word for seed, garnet was named for its similar color to pomegranate seeds. Several ancient pieces of jewelry have been unearthed that are studded with tiny red garnets in cluster-like patterns reminiscent of pomegranates. The pomegranate is associated with eternity in Greek mythology and mentioned specifically in the legend of Hades' abduction of Persephone.

Even though there are many types of garnets, most people automatically think of dark red gemstones. In fact, there are currently 38 known garnet names appearing in just as many colors. Garnets offer enough variety for every taste and fashion.