The most popular birthstone for January is Garnet. Garnet is also the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to pomegranate seeds. This connection makes sense because small garnets resemble the red seeds you find inside a pomegranate.
What is the January Birthstone Garnet?
Hardness, Color, Price
Garnet is quite durable, with a MOHs hardness scale rating of 7 to 7.5, making it a good option for everyday wear. Garnet is best known as having a deep red wine color, but is also commonly found in an orange-y brown color. A flawless, clear green garnet is one of the most beautiful, and expensive gems in existence. Garnet is one of the few untreated gems, and is available in many colors which offers great versatility.
The Power of Garnet
Throughout time, there have been numerous ancient traditions and legends about Garnets. In medieval times, Garnets were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver. Also, according to other legends, Noah used a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights.
There are many beliefs in the power Garnet. Not just physical and mental health, but also sharpens your perception of yourself and other people. Garnets also aids in letting go of useless or old ideas. Other virtues include passion, fidelity, true friendship, success, self-esteem, energy, faith, consistency, loyalty, devotion, and truth.
At Joseph’s Jewelry, we carry numerous Garnet jewelry pieces catering to every budget, and desired style. We are here to help residents in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie to find your perfect jewelry piece, complete a jewelry set, or make a custom jewelry design as unique as you are! We will also repair and restore your jewelry pieces and watches whether or not they were purchased through us. Come in anytime to check out our unique diamond rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and Citizen Eco Drive watches in stock for a celebration, last-minute gift, or spontaneous surprise.