A birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with one’s birth month. Each of these birthstones has a unique meaning and a historical significance related to it. Their popularity amongst humans dates back to ancient times and civilizations, who believed that gemstones had the incredible power to bring about luck, wealth, health, and prosperity.
Each month is traditionally, associated with a single birthstone, but sometimes a month can have more than one birthstone. Today the birthstones associated with the birth months are not the same as they were back in ancient times. Back then, the birthstones were decided based on their colors, but that’s not the case today. For example, back then, they would clump together all the red-colored gemstones together and not distinguish between Ruby and Garnet, but today the modern birthstone chart is endorsed by the American Gem society.
In recent times, gifting loved one jewelry with their birthstone in it has become very popular because of the desire to wear beautiful colors as well as something that would have a personal significance. And the best part is you don’t even have to become a gemstone or a birthstone expert to find the perfect gift for your loved one. We are here to guide you about the birthstone you need to get your loved one for January.
The birthstone for January is Garnet. A gemstone is available in a rainbow of colors from deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite. They have also been found in oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and in the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron. The word garnet comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, which means ‘dark red.’ It is driven from Latin granatum, which means seed, and is called so because of gemstones resemblance to the bright red and beautiful seeds of a pomegranate.
The Folklore on Garnet is extensive, and legend has it that the gemstone can bring peace, prosperity, and good health to the home where it is kept. Some people even go as far as to call it “The Gem of Faith,” and that the wearer of the stone gets good in return if he does good while wearing it. Legend also says that Garnet lights up the night and protects its owner from nightmares.
Regardless of all the legends associated with the gemstone, garnet is beautiful and is the perfect gift for those who share a January birthday. It’s also a great way to start new years with a sense of goodwill, happiness, and a sense of purpose.