Garnet – January Birthstone

Garnet January birthstone suggests eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. It is derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed. Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colours, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for Garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

In the former Czechoslovakia, evidence of garnet jewellery dating to the Bronze Age was found in ancient graves. Garnet jewellery has also been discovered dating back to 3100 B.C. in Egypt, 2300 B.C. in Sumeria, and 2000-1000 B.C. in Sweden. Garnets were treasured in 3rd and 4th century Greece and continued in popularity during Roman times. Across the Atlantic, Pre-Columbian Aztec and Native Americans also used Garnets in their ornaments.

Garnet is a stone of regeneration and energizing. Garnet can boost the energy of an entire system and revitalize it. It is said to be stabilizing in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external. Emotionally, considered a stone of increasing commitment, honesty, hope and faith. It is a stone of positive thoughts which is said to dispel and relieve depression. Garnet is also used to overcome crisis and trauma. As with many precious stones, Garnets were once believed to hold medicinal powers. In Medieval times, it protected its wearer against poisons, wounds and bad dreams, and cured depression. Red garnets relieved fever, haemorrhages and inflammatory diseases.