The Latin root word for Garnet is Granatum, meaning pomegranate, thought to resemble the fruit's seeds.
There are several varieties in the Garnet family. Pyrope (bright red to dark brick-red), Rhodolite (pinkish-red), Almandine (deep violet-red), Spessartite (orange-pink to orange-red with brownish yellow), Spessartine (midway between almondine and spessartite), Hessonite (honey-yellow to yellow-brown), Grossularite (light yellowish-green to strong bluish-green), and Anaradite (honey-yellow=trapazolite, green=demantoid, blackish-red to black=melanite). Garnets are available in all colors except pure Blue. In recent years there have been new finds and Gem Merchants may use pet names
like Orange garnet and Mandarin garnet to describe them, but these are really in the Spessartite variety, just as Tsavorite is in the Grossular variety.
TREATMENTS - Garnet is typically not treated, see type for specifics.
CARE - It is usually safe to clean Garnet in an UltraSonic Cleaner, and extremely risky to use a steamer. We recommend using an Ionic Cleaner and/or warm soapy water and a soft brush as the best way to clean your Garnet.