January Birthstone: Garnet for Prosperity and Health

 garnet gemstone january nagicia jewelry


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.

 january birthstone is garnet

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.

 

colored garnets

 

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.

colored garnets

 

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

medieval garnet heart hand ring gold

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!




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