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January Birthstone: The Garnet

10 Jan 2016, Posted by Ashley Hammond in Smith's Jewelers


The Garnet

Garnet, the birthstone for the month of January, symbolizing true friendship and trust.  The word garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, meaning seedlike. It is believed that the Greeks named the stone garnet because they looked like the seeds in a pomegranate. The deep colored stone comes in nearly all colors of the rainbow. The most popular garnets are the green tsavorite, the orange spessartite, and the reddish purple rhodolite garnet.

Ancient History

Throughout time many ancient traditions and beliefs were formed around garnets. Garnets, at the time, were believed to have emotional and physical healing properties. Some believed that the garnet would protect, others believed the stone inspires contemplation and truthfulness, and many thought the stone could help heal one from diseases. It is no wonder why this stone has been highly prized.


The garnet is truly a magnificent stone with a great ancient history. It makes for a magnificent gift symbolize love, healing, protection, friendship, and trust.

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