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January Birthstone - Garnet

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Named for the small red seeds of the pomegranate fruit, garnet has a rich history extending back thousands of years. Rumored to have been used as a lantern by Noah to navigate the ark through night time waters, garnet has ancient connections with the planets Mars, Mercury, and Pluto.

Allegedly warding off sorrow and depression, garnet was seen as a symbol of fidelity and truth, and was often used to keep journeymen safe on their travels. Also rumored to possess healing powers, garnet was thought to protect its wearer from evil. Garnet’s deep red color is the perfect warm gemstone for those born in the deepest winter month.