January Birthstone: Garnet

Happy Birthday to you January babies! Your birthstone, Garnet symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health which is fitting for the start of a New Year.

Garnet is the name of the a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from Pyrope garnet which is deep red to Tsavorite which is bright green. Some rare garnet stones are even blue. However, the most common color is a beautiful range of reds, from rust colored to deep violet-red. The gemstone is very durable – so durable that remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age.  You can find Garnet all over the world so the folklore surrounding the gem is extensive

The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red and is named after it’s resemblance to pomegranate. Legend has it that garnet is meant to bring peace and prosperity. It has even been called the “Gem of Faith,” and it’s believed to bring good fortune to those who do good. The gem also symbolizes lasting friendship and is also the gemstone of the 2nd anniversary.

Have a great birthday this year!