Congratulations and happy birthday all you January born people.
Your birthstone is a Garnet –
By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity
The name ‘Garnet’ comes from the Latin medieval word for dark red which is granatum. It is thought it may have originated also from the word for red dye called granum. Although red is a very common and popular choice for a garnet it may also be found in a wide variety of colours including , green, red, purple,yellow, orange, brown and pink and rarest of all blue.
Garnet may be found around the globe with the most popular places for mining this stone being Russia, United States, Keyna, Turkey, India, Austrilia, Tanzania and Madagascar.
Red Garnet is by far the most common type and its use has been found going back thousands of years. In the times of the Ancient Egyptians it was used for ceremonial and decorative purposes. It may also be found all along the Roman Empire where it was used widely in rings and also used in trade in the form of gemstones.
Oddly enough it wasn’t until recent times that a rare blue garnet was found in Madagascar in the late 1990’s.This very rare stone may change colour slightly according to the light it is exposed to.
Marvin Gaye once wrote about sexual healing and with a garnet in your possession you may be feeling the same ! The garnet is said to be associated with healthy sexual activity and the feeling of harmony and stability. Other powers believed to be associated with the garnet is the promotion of good business and self confidence and compassion,
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