Updated: Sep 11
The idea of birthstones is familiar, as most associate them with jewelry. However, the impact of their mystical attributes are likely overlooked.
Born in January? Let’s take a look at your birthstone and its distinctions - Garnet.
Remember - your birthstone is native to you.
Intensely rich and bold, January’s birthstone is rooted in ancient history. The word “garnet” originates from the 14th century Middle English word “gernet”, meaning “dark red”. Further, the word is derived from Latin “granatum”, which means “seed” - referencing the arresting red color of pomegranate seeds.
Oftentimes, an uber red gemstone comes to mind when one envisions a garnet,
which is captured in the Birthstone Wall Art Collection. Yet, garnet represents an array of minerals, presenting in exquisite colors.
All garnets share the same crystal structure, falling between 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, though their chemical composition varies. Of the 20+ varieties in the garnet family, only five possess gemstone qualities - pyrope, almandine, spessartine, andradite, and grossular.
Represented by the “I am January” wall art, pyrope and almandine extend from deep purple to deep red garnets. Spessartine produces vibrant orange and yellow gemstones. Andradite typically materializes as a brilliant green color that rivals an emerald. It is also one of the rarest garnet varieties.
Lastly, the grossular offers the widest range of colors, spanning colorless through light to dark yellow, gold, scarlet, and red, and shades of green.
Believe it or not, some garnets are extremely rare, exhibiting color-changing effects, depending on the type of light in which they are being viewed.
A fixture throughout the ages, including today’s market, the garnet can be found in various jewelry pieces.
From the Bronze Age to ancient Egypt and Rome, to the Middle Ages, garnets served a multitude of purposes - mainly garnet-studded jewelry, decorations, and ornaments. But, the Egyptians, for instance, referred to garnet as the symbol of life.
In ancient Rome, signet rings featuring garnet intaglios were used to stamp the wax securing official documents.
Additionally, many believed the garnet provided protection from plagues and pestilence, as well as protected warriors going into battle. It was also praised for its curative, restorative, balancing, and strengthening properties.
Known globally, garnet is found in Africa, South America, and Asia, and on islands such as Sri Lanka, among other locations.
Grace your living room or study with “I am January” to discover and realize the many spiritual and metaphysical benefits harnessed by January’s garnet.
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