Happy Birthday, January! The January birthstone is the garnet.

The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “granatus”, meaning grain or seed. The gemstone 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.

Jewelry featuring the January birthstone is a great option for a birthday gift for someone born at the top of the year.