January Birthstone

Those born in January are lucky to have one of nature’s most amazing creations. The beautiful and diverse Garnet.

The Garnet represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.

When asked what colour is garnet, most people would say red. This is very far from reality. One of nature’s miracles are the incredible vast array of colours that Garnets can posses, which is unparalleled in any gemstone accept Tourmaline. The only colour Garnet has not been found in is the colour blue.

The name “Garnet” originates from the medieval Latin Granatus, meaning “pomegranate”, in reference to the similarity of the red colour.

Garnets have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives.

According to the ancient Jewish text the Talmud, a Garnet provided the only source of light on Noah’s Ark.

In medieval times, gems like Garnet were also thought to be remedies for inflammatory diseases and to soothe the angry heart

As a Warrior’s Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and Muslims.

In earlier times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to insure that they would meet again.

Necklaces studded with red garnets adorned the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

Signet rings in ancient Rome featured carved Garnet cabochons that were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.

Garnets come from many different regions and countries. Bohemia was the primary source of the red Garnets so popular during Victorian times. In 19th-century Russia, green Garnets from the Ural Mountains were prized by the Russian royal family and used by the great jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920).

For many years, Southern California’s Little Three mining area was known for producing sources of a spellbinding rich orange-to-yellow Garnet.

Curious about your Garnet birthstone’s reputed health benefits? According to Indian astrology, Garnet helps eliminate negative feelings (depression, guilt) and instils greater self-confidence and mental clarity to promote creative thinking and peace of mind.

Garnet’s powers include healing, strength, and protection and it is often worn to relieve inflammations of the skin. It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow.

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