If your birthday falls within the month of January, then you have found your way to the right place! We are sharing interesting facts and helpful tips about the Garnet Jewel: January’s birthstone.
The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, meaning “dark red.” The word is derived from Latin word granatum, which means “seed,” and is called so because of the gemstone’s close resemblance to the red seeds of the pomegranate.
The gem has been around for ages and held a popular role throughout centuries with the Egyptians, Romans and Victorians. The gem was favored by nobility in middle ages and used for jewelry making by many.
LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS:
More than just their beauty, the garnet has held several symbolic meanings over the years. Ancient healers relied on them for healing power, as they believed that placing it in wounds would bring restoration. The Spanish believed that the garnet represented the sun, and some believed that the jewel would cure depression or protect against bad dreams. Throughout the world and amongst the different people groups, the garnet’s virtue has always been believed to include passion, true friendship, fidelity, success, self- esteem, loyalty, devotion, energy, faith, consistency, and truth.
While most would recognize the garnet jewel as being a dark red hue, it can actually be found in a variety of colors. Depending on its chemical makeup, the gem can reflect colors of greens, oranges, yellows, and golds. So, if your birthday falls within this month but red is not your color- you have options!
The garnet is one of the most durable pieces, as there are remnants that can be found remaining dating back as far as 3000 BC. While not as strong as a diamond (which rates a 10 on the MOH’s scale), it doesn’t rank far behind at a 7 to 7.5.
CARING FOR YOUR GARNET
It is important to care for your jewels properly to get the best life out of them. Cleaning your jewel is best done with warm soapy water and a very soft brush. Make sure that you rinse the stone well after washing it with soap and never steam your jewel, as it can cause damage.
We have several beautiful garnet pieces in our gallery! Browse them online or stop by and see them in person. We are sure we can find the perfect piece to celebrate you!