January Birthstone – The Garnet

garnetHappy Birthday to all that were born during this month! The lovely birthstone for January is the garnet. Carolina fans will appreciate this color!

Here are some facts about this beautiful gemstone:  Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

I love the little birthstone poems by Tiffany and Co. They were first published in 1870 by an unknown author. Here is the poem for January.

By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

[Source: AGS – Birthstones, Birthstones]

January Birthstone - Garnet

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