Garnet is derived from the Latin word 'granatum', meaning pomegranate, as garnet crystals closely resemble the ruby red seeds found inside this fruit. Garnets can be found in countries such as Brazil, Botswana, Kenya, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Russia and Spain. Garnet is commonly found in highly metamorphosed rocks and in some igneous rocks. They form under the same high temperatures and pressures that form those types of rocks.
Garnets come in several varieties, red garnets being the most common.