Due to its orange-brown color, as well as its historic connection to the spice-producing country of Sri Lanka, this garnet is also known as “cinnamon stone.”

Hessonite is known as ‘Gomed’ or ‘Gomedak’ in Sanskrit. It belongs to the nine planetary gemstones in the Vedic tradition of India and is considered representative of Rahu, the ascending lunar node. Its astrological significance makes it a very popular stone in India.