Garnets have a Moh's hardness of 6.5 - 7.5, and come in colors of reds, browns, oranges, and greens depending on species.
According to legend, adorning yourself with garnets will improve your personal relationships and protect you from hardships. Garnet is the 2nd wedding anniversary stone and has been used in jewelry as far back as 3100 BC.
Stones are normally not treated and are safe with ultrasonic cleaners, however, avoid sudden temperature changes.
Garnet is reported to have healing properties with arthritis, varicose veins, and testicular health.