There are six common types of garnets in the gemstones family. They are spessartie, grossularite, almandine, pyrope, andradite and uvarovite. There are also some mixture of the garnets such as pyrope and almandite. All Mali Garnets derive from Africa. It received its name in 1994 when andradite and grossular garnet was found in the Mali, a West African country. It was then named the mali garnet. Garnet is the birthstone for January but that is a deep red color, and the most traditional for the gemstone. The most valuable are the andradite and the grossular garnets.
Garnet is said to be useful in attracting thoughtfulness and commitment. It is a giver of happiness and an energy enhancer. It is the birthstone for January.