One of the most prized gems of antiquity, the dark reddish-purple garnet was often set into gold jewelry during the Hellenistic Age in Greece and throughout the Roman Imperial era. It was also favored in the jewelry of the European Medieval times: the famous Sutton Hoo treasure found in England contains over 4000 cut and faceted garnets. Garnet denotes an entire family of silicate minerals found in numerous varieties and colors ranging from pink, to red, purple, and brown to almost black. The most preferred hues are red (for which the garnet as often confused in Antiquity with the ruby) and purple. As with many gems, the finest varieties come from India booth in the Ancient world and the Modern. According to Talmudic legend, the only source of light in Noah’s Ark was a singly garnet. The therapeutic value of the stone is that it keeps the wearer free from wounds and promotes good health in general. It is particularly useful for preventing skin diseases and giving a glowing complexion.