Garnet is a group of minerals and consists of more than 20 different species all having the same crystal structure but vary slightly in chemical composition. Only five of these species are economically available as gemstones. And come in a wide variety of colours.
The gemstone for this month is the imperial topaz with its warm colours the perfect gemstone for this time of the year.
The name topaz is derived from the old Greek name for an island in the Red Sea Topazios, it is now called Zabargad. This island was known as a source of peridot, but topaz never found on this island. In the old days of mineralogy peridot was just often confused with topaz. In Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, the word topaz or tapaz meant fire.