gar·net | ˈgär-nət
A family of stones having many varieties in color and their constituents
Garnets consist of a family of stones that vary significantly in color and presentation. Such stones are all silicates and are known for an isometric crystallization with the same basic chemical structure. Garnets are generally red and are named for their similarity in both shape and color to pomegranate seeds. Colors range from a light red to deep plum-red but they may also, in rare circumstances, be white, yellow, green, brown or black. A red garnet is used for the birthstone in January and traditionally, they have been given as protection for the wearer while traveling and to signify good health and faith.