Birthstone of the Month: January

Birthstone Guide: January 2023

January birthstone garnet ring

Birthstone for January: Garnet

Officially dubbed the birthstone of January in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers, Garnet is best known for its hues of deep red or burgundy. 

The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” which means “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate - as small garnets look like the vibrant red seeds you find inside in the fruit.

January birthstone meaning and symbolism

Cultures all over the world have prized this gemstone for its beautiful colors and durability. The traditional birthstone of January is said to provide a valuable source of protection and to enhance friendships, alleviate a sense of isolation, mitigate stubbornness, improve self-confidence, and provide balance.

Garnets are lucky for love, success and for achieving goals.

Garnet is a powerful energizing and regenerative stone. It balances, strengthens and protects. While it is one of the most plentiful stones, it has several forms according to its mineral base, in addition to all the healing and spiritual properties.

January birthstone symbolism

Historically, garnets were believed to provide protection for the wearer. Medieval warriors wore garnet talismans to prevent being wounded in battle. They believed wearing a garnet would help bring luck and victory.  

The stone has been thought to dissolve negative behavior patterns, and conquer resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. Garnet is said to aid in letting go of useless or old ideas. The stone revitalizes, purifies and balances energy and brings serenity as the wearer needs. 

What better stone for those born in January? 

Wishing all of those January birthdays serenity and balance in the coming year!

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