The red garnet, when given as a gift, is a symbol of love and the hope that any travel significant others undertake will be safe and end with a quick return. The garnet is a token of a person's loyalty, friendship, and earnestness. Garnet is the January birthstone and the traditional gemstone gift for the 2nd wedding anniversary. Both Capricorns and Aquarians born in January share the Garnet as their birthstone.
The name Garnet appears to originate with the Latin granatum malum which means pomegranate. Most garnets have a color that closely resembles the fruit and red garnets sometimes look like pomegranate seeds.
Garnets have long been thought to have mystical powers. Primitive cultures believed that the red stones would stop a person's bleeding. Many early cultures believed that garnets were helpful in preventing and curing blood disorders and infections.