January Birthstone – Garnet
Hello January babies!
Happy birthday! What a wonderful month to be born in, ushering in the new year! Did you know that the Garnet is the birthstone for January? A gorgeous deep red gem, it’s a powerful stone. It actually also comes in a variety of colours, but red is the shade it’s commonly associated with.
More about the January Birthstone – Garnet:
The word garnet is derived from the Greek word “granatum” which means “pomegranate seed”, reflecting the shape and color of the crystal. Garnets vary in size, from the size of a seed to that of an apple. It’s used widely commercially, from watch gears and scientific instruments, to sandpaper and abrasives.
Here are some of its more metaphysical properties: some believe the Garnet has healing properties, which includes reducing body toxins, purifying vital organs and blood, and assisings in assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Emotionally, it provides a protective and calming influence during use and is thought to heal melancholy and depression, strengthening the survival instinct, and bringing courage and hope into critical situations.
Garnet balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate, and can inspire love and balance the sex drive. Garnet is considered a lucky stone, for love, success, and for business relationships. It helps you let go of old behavior patterns and boosts self-confidence.
All Garnets honor Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War and is the stone of those born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius, and as an Enhancer Strengthener crystal, it has been worn for centuries as a protective and powerful talisman.
Legends surrounding the January Birthstone – Garnet
The Garnet has long been used as a talisman for protection by tribes and sects. According to legend, possessing or wearing a garnet ensures success and health, for the stone is believed to possess curative powers.
The first birthstone of the year is called the ‘Gem of Faith’, a stone that has the power to bestow eternal happiness, health and wealth on the owner. Not only that, it forms a powerful shield around the wearer for protection.
The traditional deep, striking red of the Garnet is associated with fire and power in symbology. The ancient Egyptians hailed the garnet as a symbol of life. The stone was renowned for its properties as far back as the wealthy Bronze age, with remnants of garnet necklaces recently found in the graves of the Czechoslovakians.
Egypt and Sumeria appear to have a fondness for this stone, with jewelry dating as far back as 3100 BC recently discovered in tombs and graves. Garnet jewelry was very popular during the third and fourth century in Rome. Warriors from different sects used to wear the stone as a talisman against death and injury.
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For more on your birth month, refer to our Zodiac guide.
(Information from Crystal Vaults & BirthStoneZodiac)