Garnet - January's Birthstone

Posted on Monday, November 30th, -0001 at 12:00 am by Annette

Garnet is the official birthstone for January.  It is also the stone for the Zodiac sign Aquarius.  Garnet is also used for the second and sixth wedding anniversary.  It has been known to symbolize virtuous qualities which include a light heart, loyalty, and enduring affection.  

Garnets are not mined underground.  They are commonly found as small pebbles in streams and watery places in North and South America, Australia and India.  Garnets come in every color with the exception of blue.  Typical colors are purplish red but there are varities which come in orange to yellow, cinnamon, pinkish, green to dark green, reddish brown to dark black/brown.  They also include color change garnets which are Demantoid or Andradite.  The finest of these rare color change garnets come from Russia's Ural Mounains.  

Looking back on history, there was a garnet bead necklace found in an Egyptian tomb that dates back to 3,000 BCE.  Plato had his portrait carved on garnet and the acient Romans used garnet to carve signet rings.  Acient warriors believed that garnets brought them victory in battle.  The Cursaders used garnets to procect themselves against wounds setting garnets in their shields, armor and buckles.  They also believed that it protected them from accidents during journeys.  It was also believed that garnet's powers included healing, strength and was often worn to relieve skin inflammation.  Also, it was believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and help to cure depression.  In Medieval times, garnets were thought to protect against poisons, wounds and bad dreams.  Red garnets were believed to relieve fever, hemorrhages and inflammatory diseases.   In the Jewish Talmud, a story about the "Great Flood", states that a radiant red garnet safely steered Noah's Ark thrugh the thunder storms and endless rain.  It is also believed that garnet is one of the stones God gave to King Solomon.

Today, garnet is prized as a stone which symbolizes romantic  love and passion.  It reflects creativity, positive energy, self conficence and success.


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