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Best of Birthstones: Glistening Garnet

Although mined in a myriad of colours, garnet is believed to be named for its deep red hue, reminiscent of a pomegranate seed, or “granatum” in Greek. As the ancient myth goes, Hades lured the innocent and majestic Persephone into the Underworld by giving her pomegranate seeds, and her absence from Earth was thought to have caused winter. In honor of January’s birthstone, we searched our archives to present eleven garnet jewels as tempting and illustrious as the fruit that inspired the gem’s name. –Stephanie Sporn