Garnet is the birthstone of January, and one very strongly associated with freedom, strength and health. It also aids commitment. The name derives from either an old word for 'dark red' in middle english, or an old word that means 'seed' in old french. Possibly, that was in reference to pomegranate seeds.
Garnets have been used since the bronze age as gemstones.
This is considered a very re-energizing stone that can purify and balance energies. It inspires love and devotion.