garnet

From the east African country of Mozambique, this garnet has a warm, deep red that is similar to that of a ruby, and is often mistaken for one to the untrained eye! A good cut accentuates the gem's beauty, as seen in this faceted example.  Used in adornment for over 5,000 years, Garnets were popular in ancient Egypt from around 3100 BC, being used as beads in necklaces as well as inlaid jewellery (gems set into a surface in a decorative pattern). Garnet’s many myths frequently portray it as a symbol of light, faith, truth, chivalry, loyalty and honesty.