The January Birthstone: All About Garnet Gems

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Those born in January have more options than any other month when it comes to their birthstone — it’s one of the only gemstones that can be found in a rainbow of colors!

These gemstones are well-known for their variety of rich, vivid hues, but that’s not the only reason you’ll want to add them to your collection this year.

All About Garnet Gemstones

The Origin of Garnet

The garnet is so durable (6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale), pieces of garnet jewelry can be found from as far back as the Bronze Age, which began around 2300 BC. Some even date back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used the stones for inlays in their jewelry and carvings.

This gemstone is now found all over the world, including Wyoming, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India.

The Symbolism of Garnet

This gemstone symbolizes peace, prosperity, and good health. Some even believe it has the power to give the wearer happiness, health, and wealth, making it a perfect gift to help inspire someone who’s set some ambitious New Year’s resolutions!

Garnet is often called the “Gem of Faith” and for those who wear it and do good, more good will come. On the contrary, it’s said to also bring bad fortune to those who do wrong while wearing it!

This gemstone is also an expression of lasting friendship and makes for a touching gift for someone who’s friendship you deeply value.

6 Other Garnet Facts

  1. It’s most commonly in red colors, from rust-colored hues to deep violet-red, because that’s the most abundant color mined. On the other hand, a green garnet is rarer to find and prized by collectors.
  2. Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, including greens, oranges, deeply saturated reds, pinkish oranges, and even some blues.
  3. Some rare garnets are even colorless, or—most rare of all—change colors in different lighting!
  4. Not only do they come in so many gorgeous colors, garnets can have unique properties that make them especially eye-catching — some of them exhibit asterism, a star-shaped pattern of reflections, and chatoyancy, a “cat’s-eye” pattern in reflected light.
  5. Due to garnet’s high level of light dispersion, well-cut, fashioned gems display an amazing amount of “fire”. “Fire” in gems refers to the rapidly changing flashes of color when light passes through them, creating brilliance and luster.
  6. Garnet is also the gemstone for celebrating your second wedding anniversary!


At Brinker’s Jewelers, we think garnets are a thing of beauty and deserve to be worn as such. Come by the store and we can create the perfect piece for your collection.

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