Gemstone 101: Gorgeous January Garnet

Gorgeous garnet, the January birthstone of choice. It’s not difficult for people to fall in love with this gorgeous red stone, but how much do you really know about it? From dark red to black, this gem boasts its status as the only birthstone for the month of January, and it’s also used to commemorate special wedding anniversaries – but what else is there?

Rounded Garnet Birthstone set in an earring. Color is a deep red

To celebrate such a gorgeous birthstone to kick off our year, we’ve put together another fantastic blog post. Read on, and be sure to drop some feedback in the comments section! If we missed any exciting facts about this January birthstone, let us know.

Fun Facts About Garnet

  • Red garnet is the most familiar variety, but the stone can come in nearly every shade you can think of – from colorless varieties to black.
  • Unlike other gemstones that needed to be mined from the earth, this stone is found in areas where certain varieties of other rocks have weathered down – usually in small streams, creeks, or puddles.
  • Garnet is also a stone affiliated with the zodiac signs of Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) and Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18).
  • Garnet has been a favorite of warriors for centuries. In some Asian territories, it was believed that this glowing birthstone, which could be used as a bullet, inflicted more severe wounds.
  • The name “garnet” comes from the Latin “Granatum,” known now as Pomegranate – the color similarity was uncanny.

Red garnet may be the most popular form of the stone, but did you know that a rich green is another form? You may want to look into a green garnet for this birth month if red isn’t your style.

Want to see what gemstones are currently up for auction? Find them here: With hundreds of auctions closing daily, there’s always a great opportunity to find the gemstone you like.

Are you a January birthday with love for garnet? What pieces do you try to incorporate in your day to day life? Comment to let us know what your favorite garnet piece is.

Stay tuned to learn about February’s birthstone. The beautiful purple Amethyst. Until next time, good luck and happy bidding.

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