Birthstone and Flower for January

 Happy new year - and happy birthday to our January friends and Nagicia Jewelry community! I have introduced a new feature on the blog which will focus on birthstones. Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with a birth month, each of which has a unique meaning and historical significance.

The birthstone for January is Garnet.

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Garnet is mined in a rainbow of colors, It’s commonly seen in red shades but can be seen in a variety of blues, to the rarest green of Tsavorite Garnet, pinkest Rhodolite Garnet, and most recognized color of Pyrope Garnet and vivid oranges of Mandarin Garnet.

 

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Due to its abundance and flexibility as a mineral the garnet has many industrial uses.  They are used in waterjet cutting, "sand" blasting, sandpaper, and water filtration.

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During medieval times, it was believed that they would protect their wearer from poisons, wounds and bad dreams, as well as cure depression. 

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The garnet is associated with romance and passion and it’s considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust. Garnet is often the traditional gem given on a second wedding anniversary. It's known to bring positive energy to stability, prosperity, and health. It’s the perfect stone for our January ladies to start the year!

The flower for January is carnation and snowdrop.

THE CARNATION *

The charismatic carnation comes in several different colors, which convey different meanings, much like roses.

For example, a pink carnation can mean simple affection, while a dark red carnation means deeper love.

Carnation Colors & Meanings
Light Red Admiration
Dark Red Deep Love
White Innocence, Pure Love, Remembrance
Pink Affection, A Mother’s Love
Purple Capriciousness
Yellow Disappointment, Rejection
Striped (any color) Regret

According to Christian lore, pink carnations sprouted from the tears of the Virgin Mary as she wept for Jesus. Therefore, a pink carnation often symbolizes a mother’s unyielding love.  

 

THE SNOWDROP

The solemn snowdrop used to be considered bad luck because it always seemed to grow in graveyards. Nowadays, this delicate flower—often one of the first to poke through the snow in late winter—signifies hope and beauty.

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