January Birthstone History
THE JANUARY BIRTHSTONE Garnet is best known for its deep red hues and its associations with love, friendship and self-empowerment.
Garnets use in jewellery settings can be traced back to as early as the bronze age. Thousands of years ago, red garnet amulets where adorned to the neck of Egyptian pharaohs and were entombed with their mummified bodies as a prized token for the afterlife.
In modern history, garnet is seen as the birthstone of January and a stone that celebrates the 2nd and 18th wedding anniversaries. Featuring a red fiery sparkle, garnet is a great sentimental gift for January birthdays and significant anniversaries.
Found in locations around the world in metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks, the red gemstone is an extremely available and versatile stone.
Garnets name derives from the 14th century middle English name gernet meaning dark red. Gernet however originates from the latin word granatum – meaning seed. Take a closer look at clusters of garnet and you’ll see little red varieties that resemble the seeds of a pomegranate.
An extremely durable stone, garnet scores a solid 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale. Commonly found in orangy brown and wine red shades, garnets colour can range from deep red varieties to clear green and yellow.
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