The juicy, red garnet, is the perfect birthstone for the month of January. With its deep red tones, it is a warm contrast to the month it represents. Though the dark reddish-brown garnets are the most common variety; folks born in the month January are quite fortunate to be able to choose from a wide assortment of colors. The reason is, these fantastic gemstones come in just about every color -- and all are acceptable to wear as a birthstone! That should come as great news to anyone who was born in this wonderful (and of course chilly) month.
Some of the varieties of garnet include:
- Mozambique – is the dark reddish-brown variety.
- Tsavorite – is a stunning dark green color.
- Spessartite – is a beautiful orange color.
- Rhodolite – is the purplish red variety.
- Ant Hill – described as “Christmas red.”
Garnets have a long and rich history. It has been recorded, that the early Egyptians used these gemstones to make beautiful bracelets and necklaces as early as 3100 BC! That was a long time ago. Garnets have also been widely used as an abrasive for thousands of years.
The garnet gets its name from the Latin word “garanatus” meaning seed like. The reason is, the dark red stones were associated with the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Because of this, the ancient Greeks used it as a symbol of a quick return and separated love. There is a Greek myth about Hades giving a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him – to insure her speedy return.
Today garnet is a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship
At Charming Chick we are pleased to offer several beautiful garnet pieces. We have a striking set of sterling silver chandelier garnet earrings, an amazing oval faceted pendant, and a wonderfully unique garnet leaf ring – any of which would make a fantastic gift for someone with a January birthday.