Garnet has been linked with the color red for thousands of years. This association dates back to the early Greeks who named the gemstone after the red color of pomegranate seeds. Today, red remains the most common garnet color, but they were also discovered to yield a rich array of colors including green, orange, pink, purple, yellow, brown, blue and even change color from blue to purple.
Garnet is a very complex family of 24 different mineral species, only five of which are commercially important as gemstones. Its high refractive index creates great brilliance, making it a lovely choice for use in jewelry. Red garnets are widely available, but that’s not the case for all garnets. At 100 East Fine Jewelry we find garnet’s numerous species, varieties, colors and sizes excellent options for our jewelry. Some varieties you may encounter here thanks to their vivid colors include: