Garnet: Birthstone of the Month

Garnet Birthstone

A spiritual stone of higher thinking and self-empowerment, garnet is also a stone of strength and safety. And it’s the birthstone for the month of January. So, January babies, use your brains and get thinking of how you can treat yourself to a beautiful piece of garnet jewellery to celebrate the month of your birth.

But before you choose your perfect accessory, here are 10 (moderately) interesting facts about this most precious of gemstones:

  1. Get a bit fruity with garnet

    Garnets name is said to have been derived from the Latin word for seed or grain, ‘granatus’, due to its resemblance to the small round seeds of a pomegranate.
  2. Garnet gets its name from pomegranate seeds
  3. Worldwide appeal

    Garnet can be found in countries like Austria, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and India.
  4. The healing stone

    Garnet is known for its healing features and its power to purify the energies in your body, eliminating toxins and restoring your body to full health. It is also thought that garnet can improve confidence, charisma, creative thought and emotional stability. What a gem!
  5. They come in all colours

    Although red is the colour of choice for garnet jewellery, this gemstone actually comes in many different colours, including black and green – and even completely colourless.
  6. Sound of the underground!

    Most gemstones are mined from deep underground – however garnets are more common found above ground as small pebbles in streams and other bodies of water, when the igneous and metamorphic rocks that once contained them erodes away to leave the harder gemstone behind.
  7. Heart-stoppingly beautiful

    The garnet stone was cherished by ancient warriors who thought it would bring them victory, whilst Hunza warriors believed that glowing garnets, which they fashioned into bullets, inflicted more severe wounds – and used them in Kashmir in 1892 to fight against the British.
  8. Garnet from the streams of the Kashmir region
  9. Medieval medicines

    In Medieval times, garnet stones were thought to protect the wearer against poisons, wounds and even bad dreams, as well as cure depression. Red garnet in particular were believed to relieve a fever, cure haemorrhages and inflammatory diseases.
  10. To the happy couple!

    As well as being the birthstone for January, garnet can also be given on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.
  11. What's my name?!

    The garnet stone has many different names for its six main types, including: almandine, pyrope, andradite, grossularite, spessartine and uvarovite. And the garnet was even referred to in early biblical writings, when it was called ‘carbunculus’, which means little spark.
  12. Czech this out!

    Up until the early 19th century, the largest garnet source in the world could be found in Czechoslovakia, where they had been cutting and creating garnet jewellery since 1500.

Pinterest Inspiration

The people of Pinterest are helping bring this warm, deep red gemstone into the 21st century and finding new and interesting ways to style these traditional pieces to suit any modern look. Whether you have simple red pearls, go for luscious golds or stack your rings, this unique stone will give you an individual and interesting style.

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