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January Birthstone: Garnet

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The January child is blessed by boundless energy and the January birthstone of deep and beautiful red garnet is the perfect stone to represent these energetic babies! Red garnet has always been very popular and found the world around, but garnets come in many different colours, including a very popular bright green. 

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Many successful and famous celebrities love the deep luxury of the red garnet. Worn on the red carpet for movie awards, premieres and special events, Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey,  Kate Moss, Ellen DeGeneres, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige have all been spotted wearing gorgeous garnet jewellery. 

 

Garnet Meaning

The lovely name Garnet, comes from the Latin word ‘Granatum,’ which is the word for “seedlike,” in reference to a luscious red pomegranate – chosen because garnets resemble the shapes and colour of pomegranate seeds. Red garnets are found in many sizes, from a seed to the size of an apple, and beautiful decorative display pieces have been made of deep richly-colored garnet.

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Garnet History

Red garnet is considered to be one of the oldest talismans worn by people for thousands of years, because it is believed to be a strong energy enhancing stone that brings strength, protection and rejuvenation. Garnet is believed to have healing properties and provide purification and regeneration. It also brings luck in love, success in life and business. 

 

Because there are so many types of garnets, as well as a vast variety of colours and ‘blends’, one can enjoy the many choices on the market today. 

  • Almandine and Pyrope are the red garnets that are popular today. 
  • Spessartite is more rare and come in varied orange colours. The mandarin garnet is an elusive and highly sought after orange garnet. 
  • Uvarovite is the dark green ‘emerald’ coloured garnet variety that is also very rare. 

 

Whatever your garnet jewellery choice, from art nouveau to vintage or modern necklaces, bracelets or rings, garnet will bring a gorgeous flair to complement any outfit and any mood for the special people born in January or anyone looking for unique jewellery.  

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