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January's Birthstone - Garnet

Updated: Jan 30

The jewel that symbolises the month you were born is known as your birthstone. Although the majority of people are familiar with their astrological sign, less people are aware of their "birthstone." The birthstone for January is the Garnet stone. Here's your guide to garnet, including the history, meaning, and properties.

Garnet is the birthstone for January, and it is associated with strength, courage, and protection. This deep red stone is also said to bring peace, calm, and serenity.

Garnet is also the gemstone for the 2nd Wedding anniversary.

Garnet is found in many different colours, although the most popular and well-known are red garnets.

The History of Garnet

Garnet has been used in jewellery for over 5,000 years. It gets its name from the Latin word for pomegranate, granatum, because of its deep red color.

The Meaning of Garnet

Garnet is said to represent health, wealth, and happiness, and is thought to bring its wearer good luck. It is also said to have protective powers, and to be able to keep negative energy away from its wearer.

Garnet also represents love, and is believed to bring the wearer good health, wealth, and happiness. It is also said to alleviate anger, and to protect the wearer from danger.

The Properties of Garnet

Garnet is a hard stone, and is the third hardest natural gemstone after diamonds and moissanite. It has a Mohs hardness of 7-7.5.

It is therefore perfect for use in jewellery, especially rings, in which the stone needs to be hard. Red garnet is found in metamorphic rocks, and is usually a dark red colour.

Our Top Picks of Jewellery made with Garnet

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a unique and beautiful piece of jewellery for someone born in January, or for a 2nd Wedding anniversary, Garnet is the perfect choice.

Interested in the Birthstones for other months? Take a look at our guide here: Your Guide to Birthstones (

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