January Birthstone: Garnet

january-birthstoneThe name Garnet comes from the latin word Granatus, which means “seedlike” or “having many seeds” due to a garnet crystal’s resemblance to pomegranate seeds. The color of red gems suggested blood to primitive cultures, and red garnets ere thought to stop bleeding and cure inflammation. They were believed to have the powers to smooth discord between enemies and to prevent bloodshed. Garnet is considered the gem of faith., constancy and truth. It occurs in every color of the spectrum, except blue, and each of these colors are permissible to wear for the January birthstone. To date, there are no known enhancements for garnet.

HARDNESS: 6.5-7.
R.I.: 1.72-1.875
S.G.: 3.30-4.18