January's Birthstone - Garnet
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals with a long history dating back to the Bronze Age, where they were used as both gemstones due to their beauty, and abrasives owing to their hardness.
The traditional birthstone for January is found in many colours depending on chemical inclusions. However it is the deep blood-red colour of Almandine that we associate with this month.
From the old English word 'gernet' meaning dark-red, and derived from the Roman 'granum' possibly referring to the dark red seeds of the pomegranate.
The most common form of Garnet, Almandine, is a stone of strength and security which helps the body heal.
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The birthstone for January and the gift for a second anniversary, Garnet is an historical gemstone, dating back to ancient times when you needed to be robust to get through the rigours of the day.
A stone of physical and spiritual enhancement, Garnet provides protection, strength and grounding while helping you tap sources of knowledge to enhance creativity. It enhances vitality and endurance both physically and mentally.
Used in spiritual healing to dismiss negative energies, the slow, steady vibration of Garnet protects the body from harm, aiding recuperation and recovery.
A Neosilicate, like Zircon, Almandine Garnet has the molecular formula Fe3Al2Si3O12 and has a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, depending on internal changes. It is formed under metamorphic conditions in sedimentary shales.
Associated Garnet Zodiac
There are two Zodiac signs which traverse January: Capricorn which covers December- January and Aquarius from January - February.
Time period: 22 December - January 19
Ruling planet: Saturn
Time period: 20 January – 18 February
Ruling planet: Uranus
The History of Garnet
Naturally occurring in many colours and types, Garnet has been used not only in jewellery (as far back as 3500BC, it was used as decoration by the Egyptians), it has also be used as an abrasive and as a filtration medium.
India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka are the main suppliers of Garnets, along with the US, Africa and Brazil.
The Value of Garnet
Although Almandine Garnets are abundant and affordable, the rarer types such as Tsavorite can fetch up to £1600 per carat if clear and clean.
The Power of Almandine Garnet
Garnet is a stone of strength, protection and healing. It dispels worry and panic, grounding and helping you keep to the truth.
Wear a garnet to protect you from negative energies and to provide strength, protection and improved recovery and healing.