January Birthstone Infographic
Garnet is the birthstone for January. It was named after the Latin word "Garantus" meaning "pomegranate seed." This stone gives the wearer guidance in night travel. Garnet is worn to attract health and cheerfulness.
Facts & Figures:
January's birthstone is for the Zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius. Garnet jewelry is given on the 2nd wedding anniversary. It is associated with purity, truth, faithfulness, and friendship.
Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances energy. It inspires love and devotion. Garnet is also said to strengthen the immune system and boost metabolism. It activates the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope.
Garnet is most commonly seen in dark red. It is available in all colors, including pink, green, orange, yellow, brown and black.
6.5-7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Garnet ranges in appearance from transparent to opaque.
Jewelry Care & Handling:
Garnet may be cut into any style or shape for rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Garnet beads make wonderful necklaces. To clean your garnet jewelry, use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Always rinse after washing. Garnet may scratch more easily than other gemstones. Avoid harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.