The January birthstone is a beautiful Garnet. The gem is mined in a rainbow of colours. The colours range from fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to a rich green of Tsavorite Garnet. Also to what is said to be the most recognised colour, Pyrope Garnet. This is the perfect gift to symbolise friendship and trust.
Not sold on Garnet it yet? Maybe you have a second wedding anniversary coming up and need a special gift for that loved one. Garnet is the gem you should be giving for this.
The name ‘Garnet’ comes from the Latin word ‘Garanatus’ meaning ‘seedlike’, in reference to pomegranate. The small garnets look like bright red seeds you would find inside a pomegranate. Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 B.C. This proves the hardness and durability of the stone.
Nobody wants to have a bad dream and it is thought that Garnet light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Travellers are protected against accidents far from home by carrying a Garnet.
There are many beliefs in the power garnet has over not just physical health, but mental health as well. Garnet’s virtues have been long believed to include passion, true friendship, fidelity, success, self-esteem, loyalty, devotion, energy, faith, consistency, and truth. The stone also sharpens your perception of yourself and other people. Long ago, garnets were claimed to help the wearer resist melancholy and warn off evil spirits, especially spirits of the night, which were referred to as demons and night phantoms.
Garnet top tip: You can clean your garnet with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Always make sure you rinse the stone well after washing it. Ultrasonic treatments may also be used for any garnets except the dermatoid variety. Do not steam clean your garnet. As with other stones, one should take care of their garnet and protect it from sharp blows, harsh temperatures and chemicals.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the January birthstone, we can’t wait to tell you about February’s.