Friday, January 2, 2015

January Birthstone - Garnet

So often we give birthstones as gifts to our loved ones, but did you know there is a story behind each stone?

January’s birthstone, the garnet, symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections.

Garnet is the modern birthstone for January. It is the Zodiac birthstones for Aquarius, and an alternate for Capricorn. Garnets are given on the 2nd and 6th anniversary.

There are many myths and legends surrounding the garnet. One Biblical legend is that Noah hung this gem on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God's wrath. The stone is said to have the power to ensure good health and protect its owner during travel. Therefore, a gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming.

One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate fruit explains why the word "garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus," meaning "grain" or "seed." This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed. First mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America; and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho.

Bangles are extremely popular these days. I offer both a sterling silver filled and gold filled version with the swarovski garnet crystal.

Silver Bangle

Gold Bangle