The much celebrated second wedding anniversary is associated with the beautiful gemstone, the garnet. Ancient Romans were particularly fond of garnets. While the word garnet comes from an old English word which means dark red, it can also be found in other colours, with blue being the rarest and most valuable. The clear examples are the ones used for jewellery, ornaments and healing crystals, while the other opaque garnets are used in industry as an abrasive. The stones are mined primarily in northwestern India, but synthetic versions can also be created in laboratories. Garnet symbolises energy, health and passion, perfect for anniversaries!