The January Birthstone, garnet is a deep red crystal, a revered and popular precious stone. The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin word “Granatum” or “pomegranate”, as the crystals resemble the dark red color fruit.
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, in addition to a powerful shield constructed around the wearer by the stone for protection. Garnets are traditionally a deep, striking red, associated with fire and power in symbology.
By her who in this month is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.