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January Birthstones

Jan 15, 2021

Image: Garnets come in many colors - www.gia.edu
 
 
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colors according to medium.com. From the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of African Tsavorite and Russian Demantoid Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
 
 
We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron. Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the birthstone for January but with its stunning variety of colors and its mystical powers it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.
 
Traditional and modern lists have the Garnet as the January birthstone.  However, there are other lists which have the Garnet and some that have other stones for a variety of reasons.
 
Traditional:  Garnet
Modern:  Garnet
Mystical:  Emerald
Ayurvedic:  Garnet
Arabic: Garnet
Hebrew: Garnet
Hindu: Garnet: Serpent Stone
Italian: Garnet, Jacinth
Polish: Garnet
Roman: Garnet
Russian: Garnet, Hyacinth
Astrological (Aquarius): Garnet
Planetary Stone: Turquoise
Talismanic: Jasper
 



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