Garnet, the birthstone of January

A new year has come, and with it a great opportunity to renew our style and keep shining. That is the reason why garnet, one of the brightest and colorful birthstones is the January birthstone. It’s said that the garnet’s deep red shine can warm you in in the winter of one of the coldest months of the year.

January is the perfect month to wear beautiful garnet jewelry. Garnet is also the best choice for people born in this month because its deep red color has meant renewal, serenity and passion for many cultures since ancient years and the powerful bright shine of this gemstone combines perfectly with their vibrant personalities.

So if you were born in January or you like to wear precious garnet jewelry, you may be interested in some of these facts about this beautiful gemstone.

The name “garnet” comes from the Latin “granatum” that means “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the fruit’s red color and seed-like form, but the term garnet actually refers to an entire mineral group, not just the variety of that mineral that is used as a gemstone. The Hindu word for garnet literally means ‘serpent stone’ which shows that different groups of people had different conceptions of the birth of the stone and the way it looked to them.

Evidence of garnet jewelry was found in ancient graves in the former Czechoslovakia dating to the Bronze age. Garnet jewelry has also been discovered dating back to 3100 B.C. in Egypt, 2300 B.C. in Sumeria, and 2000-1000 B.C. in Sweden. Garnets were treasured in 3rd and 4th century Greece, and continued in popularity during Roman times. Pre-Colombian Aztec and Native Americans also used garnets in their ornaments.

Garnets can be found in a wide sort of colors, from the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color, the deep red of Pyrope Garnet.  There exist eight main types of garnet, they come from different parts of the world and each one has its own unique properties. The main differences between these varieties comes from color variations, density and refraction capacities.

  • Pyrope: The pyrope garnets found in the United States have the deepest, saturated red tones. This is the most recognized variety of garnets and represents the January birthstone.
  • Hessonite: Found primarily in Sri Lanka, this variety can be a dark yellow-brown or even a bright yellow.
  • Demantoid: One of the rarest and most valuable garnet varieties, these gems with medium green tones and are found in Italy, Korean, Russia, Madagascar, Iran and Zaire.
  • Rhodolite: This African variety is also very recognized—with pink or even lavender tones, the rhodolite is especially popular for use in children’s jewelry.
  • Almandine: Its color inclines to a violet tint. The most valuable almandine garnets have a wine color. Almandine garnets are found all over the world, from Brazil to the United States.
  • Spessartite: With a medium orange to reddish orange hue, spessartite garnets are primarily found in Bavaria, Germany and are especially popular in that region.
  • Tsavorite: With their intense green hue, most people don’t realize that the tsavorite is in fact a variety of garnet as well. Can be found in Kenia and Tanzania.
  • Uvarovite: This bright green garnet type is found in Russia, United States, Canada, Finland and India, and often occurs in small crystals.

When we chose a gemstone, we can do it for many reasons. It’s color, it’s hardness or because it’s trendy, but in many cultures it’s believed that the gemstones can protect us. Garnet symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.

But regardless of whether you believe or not in the power of a birthstone and the benefits of wearing it, being born in January is a great excuse to wear beautiful garnet jewel. Also, garnet jewelry is the best birthday present for someone born in this month. So if you are searching for some exclusive garnet jewelry, Prestigio jewelers is always eager to help you to pick the perfect one for you and your loved ones born in January.

And of course keep in mind that jewelry cleaning and inspection is always free of charge at your local Prestigio Jewelers location. Stop in and see us any time!

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