JANUARY IS GARNET MONTH
Beloved garnet is known to all gemstone lovers and is the official birthstone for January. It is also the gemstone for second and sixth wedding anniversaries.
While most often thought of as red, garnets are found in a vast array of colors. Many new garnet discoveries have occurred n the past forty years, much of them discovered in Africa. Garnets were a thriving industry and jewelry business starting in the 1500’s in Czechoslovakia and at one time was the largest source of garnet gemstones.
The world garnet comes from the Latin word, meaning pomegranate. Garnets have a long established history, dating thousands of years. According to the Talmud, the only source of light provided on Noah’s Ark was a garnet. Garnet jewelry was very popular and has been discovered in Greek, Roman and Egyptian ruins. It has been said that the Egyptians believed it was the symbol of life.
Garnets were often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages. It was also used as a talisman for protection in battle as well as those who used it to ward off pestilence and plague. Some wise man and ancient healers used garnets to treat wounds and praised its healing powers
Garnet was not only a desired gemstone for adornment , but was sought after for its protective energy and curative powers.
A stone of love and sensuality , it has strong, intense emotions. It allows the weaver to be able to work in a grounded manner, allowing the individual’s creative powers to manifest.
Garnets are also believed to symbolized deep and lasting friendship. Give a garnet to someones who’s friendship you deeply value.