January Birthstone: Garnet

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

Celebrate the New Year by wearing garnet jewelry. This January birthstone symbolizes health, prosperity, and peace. Whether you wear a garnet ring or garnet earrings, it is known to bring healing, strength and protective powers. Among its healing powers include regulating heart and blood flow, and it is also said to help in curing depression.

The most common color of garnet is deep red, although it can also come in a variety of colors such as green, orange, purple and sometimes yellow. It even changes color under different lighting conditions, appearing blue in daylight and purple or deep red under incandescent lighting. This durable gemstone has a natural glassy luster and does not need artificial enhancement to improve its color.

According to legend, people began seeing garnet as a cherished gemstone because it is believed that King Solomon himself received this stone from God. It was said that there were four precious stones given by God, and Garnet was one of them. By the time the Romans came into power, it has become one of the most widely traded semi-precious gems. According to another ancient story, Noah made a lantern out of carbuncle, most likely red garnet, which guided him through the darkness of the flood. Indeed, it has the power to reflect light even in the darkest of places.

Garnet is also called the ‘Gem of Faith’ because there is a belief that if you wear it and do good deeds, then you will also be blessed with good fortune. Among its other symbolism is deep and lasting friendship, so it is a great gift to give to someone whose friendship is very valuable to you.

No matter why or how you wear garnet, this stunning gemstone is perfect for those celebrating January birthdays. You can give it to that special someone as a January birthday gift. It is also ideal to wear if you want to start the New Year with a sense of happiness, purpose, and goodwill.

Start the New Year right by wearing magnificent garnet jewelry!