Garnets: The Life of January
January is often the coldest and longest month of the year, so the warmth and vibrancy of a garnet is just what is needed. More than bringing warmth, however, is that just like those born in January, the garnet is also enduring. Archeologists have found garnets dating back as far as the bronze age (3,000-1,200 BC). When you look at a handful of garnets, they are reminiscent of a handful of pomegranate seeds. Knowing this, it makes sense that the word garnet comes from the Latin “granatus” meaning seeds.
Garnets have held a prominent place in history, mystery, and lore. They’re found in jewelry, talismans, and religious artifacts. For Egyptians, garnets were a symbol of life and vitality. In the middle-ages garnets were believed to offer protection, warding off petulance and plague. (A thought for today perhaps?) Further, garnets were also important in Christian history as Christian clergy also saw them as a symbol of Christ’s blood and sacrifice.
With this rich tradition it is fitting that for those born in January, garnets are said to bring love, luck, health, loyalty, and friendship.
Today, the largest producer of garnets is India. However, garnets can also be found in South America, Africa, and Russia. And, while the most prominent color of garnets is the deep red we all know and love, garnets can also be green and yellow…adding just a bit more intrigue to this gem.
Mountain Song Jewelers has many garnet pieces in stock for you to celebrate that special January person in your life. If you want something unique, we’re happy to work with you to create that perfect garnet piece you’ve always wanted.
For more information on garnets visit:
The American Gem Society and the International Gem Society.