There is a misconception that Garnets are only a red gem but in fact they come in a variety of colours including purple, red, orange, yellow, green, brown, black, or colourless. The name "Garnet" comes from the Latin granatus, a grain possibly in reference to malum granatum (pomegranate) a plant with red seeds similar in shape, size and colour to some Garnet Crystals.
Garnet has been used for centuries by emperors, knights, and warriors as a protective Talisman, by Hindu and Buddhist followers as a holy stone of enlightenment, as well as by Native North and South American Indian, Aztec, Mayan, and African Tribal cultures.
The "flash" and "fire" of Garnet inspires a sense of lightness and brightness, illuminating to dark places and dark souls. Garnet is a good stone for depression, bringing joy and hope to its user, and helps lessen anger, especially towards oneself. Garnet's fire stimulates the survival instinct, bringing willpower and courage to a situation. Garnet will quickly "light a fire" under you, bringing those internalized ideas and feeling you have to the surface to be acted upon and carried out.
Powerful Garnet can cleanse the chakras of negative energies and re-energize them. Use Garnet to balance the Sacral Chakra and sex drive, and to aid in the controlled rise of Kundalini energy.
Garnet inspires love and passion, devotion and loyalty. A stone of commitment, Garnet encourages personal relationships of all kinds, and is a useful relationship tool both personally and in business.