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Gemstone Education
Types of Garnet:
January | Garnet

Since the Bronze Age, garnet has adorned objects of value like crowns, jewelry, and the gowns of queens. Garnet’s name was derived from Latin word for seed -granatum; thus, the ancient Greeks thought it reminded them of the crimson seeds of the pomegranate. Renowned for its deep red hues, garnet actually comes in a variety of colors: orange, yellows, greens, blues, violets, and blacks. This makes it a very versatile gem to celebrate the January birthdays in your life because it will compliment any favorite color palette. Garnet is traditionally celebrated as a lovely gift for 2nd Anniversaries. When used in meditation, it is said to remove negativity, increase awareness, strengthen commitment, bring insight and order, and promote regeneration.

Garnet is comprised of magnesium aluminum silicate with manganese, chromium and/or iron silicate. These elements create the colors we adore. With the hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, it is harder than average, making this gem easy to care for and clean. Simply take care of the gemstone by preventing scratches from rubbing against other diamond jewelries. For dirt and residue build up, use mild soap with a soft toothbrush to gently scrub behind the stone in the setting where dust can collect.

An alternate January birthstone to garnet is the rose quartz.

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