“By her who in this month was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”
– Gregorian Birthstone Poem.
Recognizing each month as having it’s own “birthstone” is a tradition that has been around since the 15th century. This is the first in our series of birthstone blogs, designed to give you in insight into the history and meanings behind the birthstones for every month.
Garnet, January’s birthstone, is unique in many ways. January is the only month that has not had any additional stones added as secondary birthstones, or had the stone change. What’s even more impressive is that garnet comes in every color of the rainbow. Think of all the possibilities January babies have for their birthstone jewelry!
If you’re looking for a piece of jewelry to give as a gift, garnet is an excellent choice because it signifies values such as friendship, loyalty and trust. It is also thought to keep the wearer safe during their travels. Metaphysically, it is thought to remove negativity and provide insight and guidance. Garnets are also a traditional gift for a second wedding anniversary.
Garnets are a group of hard, glassy minerals. There are actually 17 different varieties, all valued for their different colors, hardness and other special properties. For example, color-change garnet appears brownish or orange in the daylight, but rose-pink in incandescent lighting. Leuco garnet is entirely colorless. Garnet varieties found in green are the most uncommon and most valuable. The most common color garnet manifests itself in is red, and that is the stone most people picture when the word garnet is mentioned.
Looking for the perfect gift for your January girl? Browse our selection of garnet jewelry.
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