The etymology of the word ‘garnet’ is from the Latin word for grain because of the rounded crystals and similarity to the delicate seeds of the pomegranate.
They are associated with the ideas of love, light and vitality as in the past, it was specifically made popular amongst warriors and royalty.
In fact, garnets are not limited to how they are understood in its popular sense, where familiarity is mainly towards the red ‘carbuncle’ stones ‘pyrope’ and ‘almandine’. There also are garnets of a green hue, ‘tsavorites’ known more colloquially as ‘green garnets’. Other varieties include hassonite, grossularite and andradite.
Deposits of these wondrous minerals are found in Burma, Madagascar, India, Kenya, and of course Sri Lanka.