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"By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."
~ Harriet Bishop
Happy January Birthdays with the beautiful Garnet, the traditional birthstone of this month! Thought the clear red and dark red garnets are the most commonly known, garnets can be found in many other colors including orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and even colorless! The name "garnet" comes from the Latin word "Garanatus," meaning 'seedlike', in reference to a pomegranate.! Bohemia, now a part of Czechoslovakia, was once a tremendous source of garnet! Many Bohemian castles and churches had magnificent interiors decorated with this striking stone. In medieval times, garnets were thought to provide protection and were worn by warriors in battle and as lucky talismans. They were also thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. In Fife, Scotland, the beach of Ruby Bay is named, not for ribies, but for the pyrope form of garnets found there, sometimes referred to as "Elie Rubies." 💎 ❤️ 🎂
January's birthstone, the garnet, is thought to be named after the seeds of the pomegranate.
The garnet has long been a popular adornment for pharaohs, kings, and nobility, prized for its reputed powers for health and protection. Noah’s ark was even said to have had a garnet lantern to help guide its way.
Because of its blood-red color, garnet was thought to encourage good circulation. And during medieval times, garnets were also believed to lift the spirits and guard against nightmares.
Garnets became especially popular for the masses beginning in the 1500s through the 1800s when a huge deposit was discovered in Bohemia, now a region in the Czech Republic.
The Garnet tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin represents the various hues of red garnets which can range from a bright clear red to deeper purple. Garnets, however, can also occur in shades of oranges, greens, and yellows, blue, and even a colorless variety.
For more on the colors and varieties of garnets, click the red garnet above.