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What color comes to mind when you think of garnets? For most people, it's the dark red seen in jewelry. In fact, garnets have been found in all colors except blue. The garnet family includes 15 minerals with the same basic atomic arrangement but different chemical compositions. The name garnet comes from the Latin word for "pomegranate." Garnets were thought to resemble the fruit's seeds.

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