The name Garnet is derived from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate. Very appropriate name if you've ever seen the inside of a pomegranate. Garnets are used for protection, healing, and strength. The most common Garnets are the Almandine or the Rhodolite types. (the Rhodolite has a much more "purplish-red" color to it) In olden days Garnets were believed to cure fever and promote good health, and Garnets were worn for protection by travelers. The Garnet symbolizes fire, faith, truth, grace, consistency, and fidelity. It is worn to enhance bodily strength, endurance and vigor. Garnet also attracts understanding and sincerity. If you and a friend or loved one have to part for a duration of time, exchange a Garnet to assure you will meet again. Garnets can act as strong help to assist in balancing your energy system and uplift your attitude.