Garnet, the Stone of January

Have you ever wondered what is your birthstone and what that means?

Although the concern about one’s birthstone had been associated with religion in some parts of the world and with astrology in some others, the modern day birthstones have less to do with historical origins. Lots of jewelry and gemology associations mainly in the USA and UK have contributed in the formation of the modern list of birthstones.

If you were born in January, your birthstone is Garnet. And although garnet is mainly associated with color red, these gemstones come in various colors, as the garnet family includes several kinds of stones.

Garnet is a semi-precious stone associated with prosperity and abundance since the Bronze Age. It is also believed to balance one’s energy. Also, some believe that garnets are protective gemstones, shielding the wearer from injury. This made them popular amongst warriors and royalty.

The word garnet comes from the Latin granatus that means “grain”, because many garnet deposits look like small crystal grains on their host rock.

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