Garnet isn't a single mineral, but describes a group of several different closely related minerals. It comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from red to orange-brown to various shades of green to deep pink, but reddish shades are most common.
First uses date to 3100 BC in Egypt.
Use in jewelry:
Most often cut in rounds, ovals and cushions. Used in a wide array of styles.
6.5 to 8.5 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Garnets should not be treated.
Clean with warm water and mild soap.