Stone of the Month january


Garnet is January's birthstone.

The name garnet comes from the Latin word "granatus", which means "seedlike", due to its resemblance to a pomegranate seed. Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, garnet is found in every color of the spectrum but blue.

Garnet is the anniversary gemstone for the 2nd year of marriage. Rhodolite garnet, a rose or violet-red shade, is the designated stone for the 5th wedding anniversary. Tsavorite garnet, a bright green shade, is designated for the 12th.

Crusaders from the Middle Ages set garnets into their armor, believing they would be protected from all evil. And in some Asian cultures, garnets were added to bullets, believing it would add destructive power to the bullet. Biblical legends hold that Noah used a garnet on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights. Even before Biblical times, garnets were worn and treasured. Garnet necklaces have been found in graves in Czechoslovakia dating back to the Bronze Age. Garnet stones have been buried with warriors and nobles in Ancient Egypt (3100 B.C.).

Garnets are associated with strength, perseverance, prosperity, and health.
Since ancient times, people have believed that garnets can help spark mental acuity and clarity, lighten the mood and bring peace and solace to the grieving. Long ago garnets were exchanged between friends to insure that they would meet again.
 

 

Save 20% on all garnet jewelry during the month of January