After concluding another journey around the Sun, January represents new beginnings, a chance to start fresh and tackle the year ahead. In January, we stand on the threshold of the past and future. As we observe the last year, and set plans to accomplish our resolutions, new seeds of dreams and goals blossom all around us. For Capricorns and Aquarius', January not only marks the beginning of a new year but also the commencement of a new age.
We can think of no month more deserving of the brightest birthstone. People born in January have the honor of one of the most colorful, radiant, and striking birthstones around: the garnet. Are you thinking of adding a garnet gemstone to your birthday list? Or, are you looking to buy a bedazzling gem your January friend can flaunt for the rest of the year? Then you've come to the right place! In this article, we're putting the spotlight on the beloved January birthstone, the garnet.
Garnet has a vibrant, textured history threading through antiquity to modern society. Because of its bright, notable color, garnets make especially popular statement jewels. After surviving the chaos of the holidays, we find it more than deserving for January babies to be equipped with the bright, bedazzling sparkle of a garnet gemstone. Let’s explore the history, symbolism and chemical properties of garnet.
Garnets are a group of mineral gemstone made from silicate. During the Bronze Age, garnet served as an abrasive as well as a decorative gem. These crystal forms come in a variety of species, which creates a rainbow of vivid colors.
What makes garnet jewels so striking is that they are anything but singular. These gems come in basically every color you can imagine. What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a custom, personalized jewel in your favorite color? Whether you fancy gold, pink or green--and any color on the visible spectrum--you can snag a garnet that meets your heart's content. Garnets come in blue, green, purple, yellow, orange and red. The most popular in the family are red garnets, and blue is rare and valuable. Because garnet represents a family of jewels, each color has a dedicated name:
Tsavorite and Demantoid Garnet come in 50 shades of green, from light to deep green.
Rhodolite Garnet is the signature, red and pink-rose color that makes a fiery statement
Hessonite Garnet, known as the "Cinnamon stone" has a warm, reddish-brown hue
Almandine Garnet is a fiery variation available in red, orange and occasionally, purple
The name "garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus," which means seeds. This moniker derived from the fact that clusters of garnet stones emulated the reddish-pink seeds of a pomegranate. And that's not the only word to throw its hat in the ring. In Hindu, garnet means "serpent stone." Despite these two meanings, one thing is sure: different societies and cultures depict birthstones with unique regard, likely because garnets come from all around the world. Garnet jewels come from Africa, Sri Lanka, India, South America, and Russia.
Did you know that the history of garnets stretches back to ancient Egypt? According to historical records dating as early as 3100 B.C., Egyptians used garnet as ornate, inlaid stones to coordinate with their attire and jewelry. These precious gems also held significant meaning and symbolism to ancient civilizations. Garnet was allegedly the choice stone of the archangel Gabriel, who guarded the Israelites against evil in Biblical times. Excavated ancient tombs reveal that pharaohs adorned themselves in garnet amulets. Ancient Persian Kings exclusively wore garnet rings and jewelry, and Roman patriarchs adorned their fingers in rings carved from garnet stone. In addition to their vibrant history, the symbolism of garnet gemstones is as prevalent as ever today.
As you can see, garnet gemstones are one of the most universally beloved jewels. They are primarily valued for their versatility and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. While most birthstones are limited to one or two color options, the possibilities are endless with garnets! And that's not the only thing people love about them; garnet gemstones have an intriguing history full of symbolism and meaning. Let's explore some of the most popular meanings of garnet gemstones.
Did you know that garnet is a traditional 2nd- and 18th-anniversary gift? For this reason, garnets symbolize love, union, and loyalty.
In Navajo Nation in the United States, it's a tradition for Native Americans to wear garnet to protect themselves and their land. During Roman times, people wore garnets to defend themselves on their journeys across the vast territory of the Roman Empire.
During antiquity, people regarded stones as celestial objects capable of magnetizing people to their energy. When a person wears a birthstone representative of their birth month, they emit signals of friendship and trust. In other words, wearing garnet births new bonds, and solidifies old ones.
The garnet gemstone has captivating history, folklore, and symbolism. Perhaps the most prominent feature is its ability to sparkle and magnetize as radiant as the person wearing it. If you want to show someone special how much they mean to you, birthstones make a thoughtful and personalized gift. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the Capricorn or Aquarius in your life, give them the gift of their favorite color sparkling from a gorgeous gemstone. Garnets beautifully compliment jewelry items like bracelets, anklets, necklaces, pendants, earrings and rings. Between the color options and jewelry designs, you can get creative customizing the perfect january birthstone gift!
After all, it's the first month of the year, and what better way to show your love and affection than with something they can sparkle in all year long?
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