As we head into the new year, we reflect on all we are grateful for and look forward to our journey ahead. And what better time to take the next step than the first month of the year? So, kickoff the New Year with January's birthstone guiding you. Garnet is known to bring good fortune, health and happiness to those who wear it.
This lovely gemstone often appears red, like that of a pomegranate. Garnet is actually derived from the Latin word "grantus" which means "pomegranate". These lovely stones have been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt, where they were worn by the pharaohs. In ancient Rome, garnet engravings were used to stamp wax that held significant documents. And, many nobility in the Middle Ages were known to wear red garnets.
A Variety of Vibrant Hues
Although January’s birthstone is most widely recognized for its vibrant red, it can range in color due to several different minerals that occur within it. The five most significant elements that determine the stone’s color are pyrope, spessartine, almandine, andradite and grossular. Purple and red tones are created from pyrope and almandine. Spessartine is known to produce the color orange and yellow, and andradite creates hints of green and yellow. However, the mineral grossular gives this stone its widest color range, including all of the shades above.
Aside from this birthstone's beauty, it also is known for its health benefits. Eastern astrology teaches that garnet aids in removing unfavorable emotions and fosters better self-assurance and mental clarity. Gems like garnet were used in ancient and medieval times to treat inflammatory illnesses and to calm a fast-beating heart. These metaphysical properties are not only good for healing, but also help to start the new year off on the right foot.
Shop With Us At Morton and Rudolph
This birthstone is indeed a timeless classic, bringing us healing and happiness as we enter a new year. And that's why we love it. At Morton and Rudolph we have a vast selection of beautiful garnet jewelry to usher in sound mind, good fortune and a bit of glam for the year ahead. So, visit us at 2085 NJ-70 in Cherry Hill to find the perfect garnet gift for your January friends and family.