Garnet derived from the word granatum means “seed” and is so called because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C. when the Egyptians used Garnets as inlays in jewelry. It is a stone that enhances energy, passion and pleasure. It is said that the only light on Noah’s Ark was provided by a Garnet stone. It helps to move the chi and energy flow within the body, stimulating physical activity. Garnet is a good stone to help with depression, as it brings joy and hope to the wearer and helps lessen the anger directed at oneself. It also cleanses the chakras of negative energy, re-energizing them in the process. Garnet, the birthstone for January, signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the Pyrope Garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites each with its own set of metaphysical properties. Red Garnets are closely associated with the primordial fire, driving all passion, energy, and creativity swiftly forward towards manifestation. (And since they're also a powerful aphrodisiac, you can take that line of thinking as literally as you'd like.) As for the rest of the rainbow, all Garnets are natural purifiers: they'll cleanse away and offer protection from any negative energy that stands in your way. The gem is also nicknamed "the stone of health," and is thought to encourage physical wellness and strength. Garnets are said to aid the blood, heart, and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy. Today, the most important sources for Garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.