If you are loyal, devoted and energetic, then perhaps the garnet is your stone. Red garnets were believed to promote sincerity, stop hemorrhaging or other loss of blood, cure inflammatory diseases, and cure anger and discord. And if you engraved a well-formed lion image upon it, it will protect and preserve honor and health, cure the wearer of all disease, bring him honors, and guard him from all perils in traveling. All in all, quite a worthwhile stone. A hard, durable, often very brilliant stone, available in many colors of greens, reds, yellows and oranges, it affords versatility and opportunity for adorning jewelry.
Garnets are also a deceptive stone. Some red shades appear like rubies, some greens like emeralds, and some yellows for topaz.
Garnets can be found in every color except blue. It is best known in a deep red variety, sometimes with a brownish cast, but it is commonly found in orangish brown shades, and brilliant wine red shades as well. Other colors include orange, red purple, violet, and pink. A non-transparent variety, grossularite, has a jadelike appearance and may be mistaken for jade when cut for cabochons or carved. There is also a star garnet found in the U.S. that is a reddish to purple variety, which displays a faint four-rayed or six-rayed star.