Garnets are named after punica granatum (pomegranate), due to garnet's resemblance to pomegranate seeds. Garnets come in a variety of shades, but generally when you hear the word "Garnet" you think of this deep rich red. Garnet is actually a group of closely related isomorphic minerals which can even intergrow within one crystal! Garnet is the most popular and well-known birthstone for January.
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