The January birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.
Garnets form in layers of rock deep underground where they withstand extreme temperature variations. Geologists study garnets to understand the effects of temperature and pressure on surrounding rocks.
January Birthstone Color
Although the garnet is commonly associated with a range of red hues, it also sometimes forms in other colors including greens, yellows, and even blues.
Birthstone Facts & Folklore
The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word granatum, meaning pomegranate.
In Asia, bullets were made from garnets because it was believed that they would cause enemies to bleed more.
Not all mined garnets are worn as jewelry; lower-quality garnets are used in products such as garnet-coated sandpaper.
Garnets prevent nightmares, guarantee safe travel, and bring friendship. If you dream of losing a garnet necklace, unexpected good fortune is in your future.