If you happen to be born in January, just like Vanessa, then Garnet is your birthstone. This gem also represents the 2ndwedding anniversary. Garnet owes its name to the latin word granatus, meaning ‘pomegranade’. In fact the most common Garnet variety has the same intense red color. Although most people think that garnet is a red stone, it actually comes in a wide variety of colors. Garnet is composed of several minerals, five of them are stunning gemstones. Almandine and Pyrope are the most popular variety of Garnet and its color ranges from purple to red. Spessartine is the bright orange to yellow variety. When the color is a fiery orange it is also called Mandarin Garnet; the purer the color the more valuable it is. Those gaining popularity in the last decades are the vibrant greens of the Andradite and Grossular in the variety of Demantoid and Tsavorite. Grossular can however come in many colors, from colorless to yellow to reddish. The Green variety called Tsavorite is however the most popular and appealing one. Vanessa often uses the bright green variety of tsavorite garnet in the pavé of her most beautiful designs, like the striking THE GARDEN – DEA ring, featuring a rose quartz center stone held by an incredible pavé of green tsavorites. Garnets are non-treated gemstones, or rarely treated in case of fractures.On the Mohs hardness scale Garnet ranges between 6.5 to 7.5, making it a quite durable gemstone, however not as hard as diamonds. Therefore always take the best care possible when storing your Garnet jewelry in order to avoid to scratch them against some other harder gems. The best way to clean your Garnet jewelry is with warm soapy water. Sources of this stone can vary. Bohemia was the primary source of the red pyrope variety and Russia in the 19th century. Today Africa is supplying most of the world’s garnet (Nabimia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar). Some of the sources include: Myanmar, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.