Happy birthday, new year's babies! January’s birthstone, the garnet, has a rich and storied history. It has been known to symbolize many virtuous qualities, including a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections. Give a friend or family member the gift of a garnet and tell them some of the fascinating facts surrounding it:
They Aren’t All Red
In fact, it exists in many colors, such as black, green, or even colorless. While the garnet is actually found in a rainbow of colors, most people associate the birthstone with its deep red hue. For this reason, most birthstone jewelry designed for those with a January birthday use this color stone.
They Aren’t Mined Underground
While many, if not most, gemstones are mined underground, garnets are not. Garnets are actually commonly found as small pebbles in streams and watery places, where the igneous and metamorphic rocks that contain them have weathered away. These pebbles are found in many places around the world, including North and South America, Australia, and India.
They Were Prized by Ancient Warriors
Garnets have a proud history beyond being beautiful to wear. Ancient warriors believed that garnets brought them victory. The Crusaders used them as protection against wounds and accidents during their journeys. Warriors in Asian territories believed that glowing garnets, which could be used as bullets, inflicted more severe wounds. All of these exciting stories make a piece of garnet jewelry a fantastic topic of conversation for the next social gathering.
They Were Once Thought to Hold Medicinal Powers
If your loved one with a January birthday is interested in holistic healing they will be happy to hear about garnet’s past as a medicinal stone. In Medieval times, they were thought to protect its wearer against poisons, wounds and bad dreams, as well as cure depression. Red garnets in particular relieved fever, hemorrhages and inflammatory diseases.
Gifts of gemstone jewelry for a friend or loved one’s birthstone are very popular because of the personal significance attached. If you have someone in your life who has a birthday this month, a garnet ring, pendant, cufflinks, or pair of earrings is a wonderful idea that they will love to show off. Or pick out your favorite and wear it yourself! Visit Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry at one of our three Southwest Florida locations today and take a look at our extensive inventory of birthstone jewelry, or review some of our jewelry collection online.