Gorgeous Garnets! The January Birthstone

January 11, 2016 by risa

The January birthstone is one of inspiration, beauty, and lore. Whether you’re wearing a Mozambique or Rhodolite garnet, the gemstone itself was actually named after the Latin granatium, meaning seed – after red pomegranate seeds.

Garnet Ring

Garnet and Diamond Ring ~ Lang Antiques

In Ancient times, garnet was often worn for protection by travelers if they were expecting to be far from home. The birthstone was also set in the shields and armor of crusaders because they believed it could stop bleeding and protect them from evil.

Even though garnet has these protective and healing qualities, most people are enamored with its resemblance of love, passion, and romance. The January birthstone gives self-confidence to those who wear it, encompassing the body with positive energy and directing the individual towards success. When it comes to business – you can’t go wrong wearing a garnet (or two).

Garnet Earrings

Garnet Earrings~ Lang Antiques

Although the most popular are the Mozambique and Rhodolite garnet, there are seven different types of the January birthstone. Each type of garnet has its own unique characteristics – including color. In fact, there is only one color that you won’t be able to find a garnet in; blue.

Rhodolite garnet usually resembles the color of a raspberry – a light, bright, crisp, red that can feel “fresh.”  Have you heard of the tsavorite or demantoid garnet? These garnets carry an incredible green tone that looks absolutely gorgeous in the sunlight.


Garnet Brooch ~ Lang Antiques

This tsavorite crystal is a great example of the stunning tone that these garnets have. But the color range doesn’t stop there – you can find garnets in pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, and browns.

TsavoriteRob Lavinsky, iRocks.com, via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know? Facts about garnet, the January Birthstone

  • Not only is garnet the January birthstone, it’s also the gemstone that is typically gifted on the second wedding anniversary.
  • This beautiful gemstone is most commonly found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and India.
  • Garnet is used for more than just jewelry. The tough gemstone ranges from a 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness making it a great abrasive!
  • The January birthstone doubles as the official state mineral for Conneticut.
  • Garnets are good for your health!

Check out these stunning pieces of jewelry with intricate vintage designs, filled with gorgeous reddish-brown garnets. Whether you need to dress your outfit up or down, January birthstone jewelry makes the perfect accessory!

Where can you find garnet jewelry?

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