The garnet is a very durable gemstone that can be found in different parts of the world. This particular gemstone is perfect for those born in January as it is a beautiful representation of their birth month.

What is Garnet?

Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that come in a variety of colours, including deep reds and vibrant greens and, in rare cases, even blue. The most common garnet colour is a range of reds, which can include a rust-coloured shade or deep violet. The word garnet actually comes from 14th century Middle English and means “dark red” and is derived from a Latin word that means seed which is perfect for this gemstone as it resembles the rich, red seeds of a pomegranate.

Brief History of Garnet

Garnets have been used since the Bronze Age, both as abrasives and gemstones and pharaohs of ancient Egypt were adorned with red garnet necklaces. This gemstone consists of a group of several minerals, many of which are as important as gems. Pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular and andradite are some of these groups and pyrope and almandine range from purple to red. Spessartine is available in exciting yellows and oranges, and andradite is generally yellow to green. Grossular offers the widest range, which includes anything from colourless through yellow to reddish-orange and even vibrant greens.

Bohemia was the primary source of the red garnets, which were very popular during Victorian times and in the 19th century, green garnets were prized by the Russian royal family, which came from the Ural Mountains. The African continent supplies much of today’s garnet. A lot of the bright green stones come from Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania. Rich orange and yellow spessartine garnets also come from Namibia and Tanzania, and southern California was also once known for producing this beautiful gem. This gorgeous January birthstone can also be found in Brazil, India, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

What are the Meanings Behind Garnet?

The garnet is very special as it stems from a diverse range of time periods and cultures. Many believed that this stone protected its wearer from all bad things, including illnesses, enemies and even bad dreams. Garnet was also viewed as a symbol of love and friendship for centuries and was seen as a way to promote protection and healing. Royal families also loved garnet jewellery because of the protection they felt that if offered, and modern society believes that garnet provides wearers with loyalty.

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