January Birthstone: Garnet
Posted by Diamond Castle in Jan 2017
Happy Birthday, January! The January Birthstone is the Garnet.
The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “granatus”, meaning grain or seed. The gem was given this name because of its resemblance to the pomegranate seed.
Garnets were first mined in Sri Lanka more than 2,500 years ago! Today, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America, and the United States (in Arizona and Idaho).
Most commonly known for its beautiful red color, the garnet can also come in a range of other shades, including yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, and violets. The variations in color comes as a result of various elements within each gem, including iron, calcium, and manganese.
About Birthstone Traditions:
Traditionally, there is a birthstone associated with each month. This is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which is said to have contained 12 gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
There are also legends and myths about the healing powers of birthstones and their therapeutic uses. The most common one says that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month amplifies its healing powers. So, to maximize potential benefits, an individual would own all 12 birthstones and wear the appropriate stone each month.
Today, birthstones correlate to the month in which you were born. They are popular gift items to commemorate birthdays, milestones (like graduations), and other important occasions. Mother-themed jewelry is also popular, and these special keepsake items commonly include the birthstone of each family member.