The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word gernet, meaning 'dark red'. Garnet species are found in many colours including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black and colourless, with reddish shades most common.
Garnet has long been associated with clergy and nobility. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs wore red garnet necklaces, and in ancient Rome rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax on important documents. Almandine is deep red, ranging from orangish-red to purplish-red. It is a stone of strength and rootedness. It helps you recover a sense of security and safety and belonging to the Earth. It is supportive of physical endurance and energy.