January Loves Garnets
Garnet is known as January’s birthstone, but it’s also the stone of Aquarius (1/20-2/19). Garnets represent courage, trust, self-confidence, creativity, and love.
One of the most notable mythological stories about garnet comes from Ancient Greece. Persephone the Goddess of spring was captured by Hades, God of the Underworld and tricked into eating a pomegranate seed, tying her to him forever. Persephone's mother, in desperation for her lost daughter, convinced Hades to allow Persephone to split her time between Earth and the Underworld thus creating the seasons. This is how garnet came to be known as a stone of courage, creative thinking, and self-confidence.
Red garnet has been popularly used for jewelry since the prehistoric Bronze Age and were the most popular stones used in the Late Antique Roman World for both jewelry and decorative cloisonne metalwork objects.
Garnet’s name originates from the Latin word for pomegranate granatum. This gemstone is most commonly known for its deep red color, but also exists as orange, yellow, green, purple, pink, brown, black, and colorless. Garnets are mainly found in metamorphic rock located in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Brazil, and Arizona.
Caring for Garnets
Garnet is a softer gemstone measuring anywhere between 6-7.5 on the Mohs Scale so it’s best to be more careful with garnet stones than harder stones like diamonds. Most garnets can be cleaned with soap, water, and a soft brush. You can also use ultrasonic cleaners.