Learn more about the history, attributes and spiritual effects of January's birthstone: the garnet.
Birthstones make a great gift. They're beautiful stones that commemorate your loved one's birth month with a unique meaning. Who doesn't want to wear something beautiful with personal significance? January's birthstone, the garnet, is a famously deep red gemstone that looks great in all types of jewelry. Here are some things you should know about this gorgeous gem:
They come in many colors
Despite coming in a variety of colors like orange, yellow, green and even black, garnets are particularly famous for their gorgeous deep red color. The word "garnet" actually comes from two different words that describe that red hue. The first is the 14th century Middle English word "gernet" that means dark red. The second is the Latin word "granatus," meaning seed, which is considered a reference to the garnet crystal's resemblance to a red pomegranate seed. They're most often found in Africa, Sri Lanka and India.
Garnet's name comes from its resemblance to pomegranate seeds.
They have positive spiritual effects
Birthstones became popular in ancient times, when gemstones were believed to wield certain powers like health or luck. Garnet is purported to remove negativity and promote positivity in the person who wears it. That positivity can come through inspiring confidence and perseverance. It's also believed that people with the garnet birthstone have a naturally strong spirit and are likable. Garnets are supposed to protect the wearer from nightmares too.
Garnets make great gifts
Besides signifying the month of January, garnets are a symbol of friendship and trust. That's why these beautiful gems make great gifts for a friend, regardless of her birthday month. Because garnets are supposed to bring good luck and protection to travelers, they make great gifts for anyone in your life going on a trip. They're also very hard and durable stones, so they're ideal for frequently worn jewelry.