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I’m Known by Many Names That Underscore My Colorful History … and Redness

I’m also the hardest garnet around. Who am I?

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I’m Known by Many Names That Underscore My Colorful History … and Redness

CEYLON RUBY, AUSTRALIAN RUBY, Syrian garnet, precious garnet, even carbuncle … those are some of the names I have picked up along my travels through history. Which should tell you a few things: Yes, I’m predominantly red; no, I’m not as valuable as a ruby; and yes, I’ve been used as a gemstone for a long, long time. I’m the hardest garnet around, but I have a soft spot for a certain delicious garnish. It just sounds great.

Who am I?

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