January`s Birthstone - Garnet
Garnet – The Beautiful Red Stone That Represents January
Traditionally every month of the year has a special stone associated with it. Each one has a
significant meaning behind it and has been given a unique name. If you are lucky enough to be
one of the people born in January, then you have the fiery deep red birthstone Garnet. This
diverse stone is most commonly red, but can also appear orange, yellow and sometimes a
vibrant green. You can even buy the Garnet stone in shades of purple and blue, that change
colour when they reflect in the light.
The History Of The Garnet Stone
The Garnet stone dates all the way back to 8,000 years BC but the name Garnet comes originally
from the Latin word granatus. This is translated into the word pomegranate, which could be in
reference to its red colour.
Different pieces of jewellery laced with the stone have been seen all over for many many years,
including on the necklaces of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Rome had signet rings they
used to stamp the wax and secure important documents, containing the Garnet intaglios, Then
during the Victorian period was when this stone really become popular, this vivid beautiful stone
really came into its own as a fashion icon and a must-have on any piece of jewellery.
The Garnet stone is sourced primarily in the African Continent. The gem is actually made up of
several different minerals, including pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular and andradrie.
These are normally found in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Namibia. Other countries where
this stone has also been found in Myanmar, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri
Why Do People Wear A Birthstone?
The Garnet stone is said to bring the wearer good health, wealth and Happiness. It’s often said
that health benefits and positive vibes are channelled into the person wearing it. When you
wear this birthstone you will have less negative feelings, feel stronger and more confident and
ultimately have a clearer peace of mind. In the ancient and medieval period, it is thought they
believed the garnet stone to be a good remedy for heartburn and inflammatory disease. There
are also some legends which claim this stone lights up and night protecting its owner from
Looking After Your Jewellery
The stones itself is very fragile. This January birthstone ranges between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs
scale of hardness; this means it is more likely to get damaged when compared to other stones
for example Diamonds. As with all jewellery proper storage and cleaning of the item will help
protect and keep your stone looking vibrant and beautiful for years to come. Jewellery should
always be stored separately and hung up if possible to stop any stones rubbing against each
other causing abrasions and scratches.
Where possible you should get items professionally cleaned or seek advice on the best cleaning
method to protect your gems. It is most commonly worn in earrings, brooches and pendants for
this reason, to protect the gem and give it more long-lasting wear ensuring it can be worn for
years to come.
Choosing A Garnet Stone To Buy
However, the list is endless when it comes to choosing the perfect piece of jewellery adorned
with this beautiful garnet stone. The bright red colour of this stone can really make any piece
look dazzling so when it comes to choosing the perfect piece to represent you, you will have
many different options to choose from.
From Rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches and custom pieces; however, you decide to
show off this stunning gem you can guarantee it will stand out and look amazing. This timeless
stone with its beautiful colour will be the perfect asset with any outfit and will complement
many different looks. It will forever be fashionable and you can see how long this stone has been
worn by our ancestors in the past, and how many years this has continued to be a classic gem
worn by all.
This really would also make the most perfect gift for any of your lovely friends or family born
during the month of January.
The garnet stone with the bright red colour is a timeless piece that will stand the test of time.
This stone has been around for thousands of years and is a classic piece that will suit anyone. It
is perfect for all occasions and a great way to spoil the ones you love, and the meaning behind
the stone and the benefits it is said to bring you would really make the most truly wonderful gift.