The gemstone Garnet is the official birthstone
for January as adopted by the American National Association
of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the stone for the Zodiac sign
Aquarius. See the birthstone
tables for additional references to this stone and garnet
birthstone jewelry for more information and links to handmade
jewelry with garnets.
Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and
6th wedding anniversary.
Garnet occurs in every color except blue and
most varieties are named for their color. Rhodolite is a purplish
red, hessonite is the name for an orange, cinnamon, or pinkish
variety. Tsavorite is the name given to dark green grossularite.
Uvarovite and demantoid are also green varieties.
Pyrope garnets are purplish red, orangy red, crimson, or dark
red. Spessartite garnets range from yellow and orange through
red to reddish brown to dark black/brown. Color change garnets
exhibit a "alexandrite-like" effect when viewed
in natural light or artificial lighting.
Garnets range from a 7.0 to 7.5 on the Mohs
scale of hardness and are found in the U.S. (Arizona),
South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma),
Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania . Garnets are formed when
high temperatures and/or pressure is a factor and geologists
often use garnets as a gauge of the amount of temperature
and pressure that was present during their formation.
Garnet's powers include healing, strength, and protection
and it is often worn to relieve inflammations of the skin.
It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and
aid in curing depression. In earlier times, garnets were exchanged
as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for
each other and to insure that they meet again.
see other January
jewelry made with garnet. A selection of free
form cabochons and rough available for my jewelry
Colors and varieties
plus garnet jewelry listed by type.
Garnet is also listed as a birth/natal or star stone
in the following birthstone tables:
Modern - January
Traditional - January
Ayurvedic - January
Zodiac - Aquarius
Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Capricorn
Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Aquarius
Talismanic - Taurus
Planetary - Scorpio
Arabic - January
Hebrew - January
Roman - January