Garnet and Pomegranate

The origin of this gem’s name is the Latin granatum, which passed into medieval English via French, gernat or grenat. Granatum not only referred to the stone but also to pomegranate seeds, connecting the name to its mythology.

Garnets are related to the underworld through the Ancient Greek myth of Persephone. The pomegranate seeds that she ate in the underworld, so similar in color and texture to the stones, caused her to remain there for three to six months of the year.¹