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January Birthstone: Garnet

  • January 27, 2017

Those born in January are lucky to have the stunning and versatile garnet as their birthstone. Garnet is a gemstone that is known for its beautiful deep red colour, although it can be found in a variety of colours and hues. This vibrant and eye-catching stone makes a great focal point for any piece of jewelry. Here is some more information about this beautiful and one-of-a-kind January birthstone.

What Is Garnet?

Garnet is one of the most durable gemstones found in the world. Garnet can be found around the globe, including the Czech Republic, Greece, Russian, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, and the United States. Garnet comes in a variety of colours, but most commonly it comes in a rich reddish hue that can range from a rusty red-brown to deep violet-red.

Garnet History and Folklore

The name garnet comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, which means “dark red,” and the Latin word granatum, which means seed. The colour of garnet is often compared to that of a pomegranate seed, which explains the origin of the gemstone’s Latin name.

Garnet has an extensive history with lots of myths and folklore surrounding it. It is believed to bring peace and prosperity to the wearer, earning it the title “The Gem of Good Faith.” Garnet has also come to symbolize deep and lasting friendships, so it makes an ideal gift for a lifelong friend.

Find The Right Garnet Piece with Marlow’s Diamond and Design

Garnet is one of the most unique and stunning gemstones available, so it makes sense that it’s the birthstone for January, the first month of the year. Garnet is a beautiful gemstone to feature as a necklace pendant or studded earring. Garnet’s signature and sophisticated colour makes it one of the most timeless options for jewelry. To learn more about garnet, and to have your own custom garnet jewelry piece designed for you, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.