Garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus” (seed-like) for the resemblance to the seeds of the pomegranate. It is the birthstone for January, and although known for being a deep red, it can also be found in shades of yellow, green, pink, white and gray. A resistant stone that can stand up to everyday wear and tear, it is commonly used as an indicator mineral for locating diamonds. Garnet is formed under the same intense temperatures and pressure and is commonly formed with diamonds, just in larger quantities. Ancient Greeks and Romans called Garnet the “warrior’s stone”, and it was also set in the shields and buckles of the crusaders. It is said to symbolize fire, faith, courage, grace, honesty, compassion and fidelity. Garnet is also said to stimulate the bloodstream, combat depression and laziness. Travelers are also said to be protected from harm, and sleepers from nightmares while wearing Garnet. Noah was said to use a lantern made of Garnet to illuminate the ark while steering it through the night. It is found in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, Spain and the U.S.