Everything You Need to Know About the Garnet January Birthstone

Various shapes of red garnet gem stones

Nature’s wonders exist everywhere we turn. The true majesty of our natural world is inspiring and fascinating to behold. Everywhere we turn, there is something to captivate our awe. One perfect embodiment of the beauty we’ve been blessed by is gemstones. Crystals and gemstones bring many valuable assets to our lives: attracting specific energies into our lives while they simultaneously shimmer with their own unique beauty. Birthstones, often a more rare breed of crystal, have also grown in popularity in recent years, particularly stimulated by the jewelry and fashion industries. Garnet is a particularly spectacular and beloved stone. Let’s investigate more about what it means!

What month is the garnet birthstone connected to? Is it the only birthstone for this month?

The garnet is connected to the month of January. It is the January birthstone! When it comes to the zodiac signs associated with this month, they are Capricorn and Aquarius. Capricorn lasts this month from January 1 until January 20. Capricorn is an Earth sign. It is the tenth zodiac sign on the astrological wheel. It is symbolized by the seagoat or goat. It is ruled by one planet: Saturn. Aquarius goes from January 20 until January 31. Aquarius is an Air sign. It is the eleventh zodiac sign on the wheel. It is symbolized by the water bearer. It is ruled by two planets: Saturn, as the ancient and traditional ruler, and Uranus, as the modern ruler. 

Capricorns are also associated with the following gemstones: Agate, Onyx, Tourmaline, Blue Topaz, Emerald, Malachite, Smoky Quartz, Carnelian, Amber, Peridot, Tiger’s Eye, and Obsidian. Aquarians are also associated with the following gemstones: Jasper, Garnet, Hematite, Moonstone, Turquoise, Blue Sapphire, Emerald, Labradorite, Amber, Lapis Lazuli, Ruby, Citrine, and Larimar.

However, it’s important to remember that January is most commonly entirely associated with the radiant garnet!

The importance of the color of the garnet

When you look at a garnet, you are likely entranced by its stunning deep red hues. Oftentimes, people reference it in comparison to a pomegranate. However, despite its great popularity in this form, garnets also come in a wide array of other colors, such as yellows, blues, and greens, and can range from opaque to transparent.

When red, a garnet is likely made up of the mineral pyrope. Almadine can grant it red or black tones. Spessartine can turn it even orange. Andradite can turn it multicolored, such as yellow, red, brown, or green, while the grossular mineral likely makes it green. Last, uvarovite is especially rare in garnet form and turns it a bright, brilliant green!

The meaning and symbolism of the garnet

Because of the wide diversity of colors and tones, garnet can also have a wide spectrum of meanings, too. For instance, the most common one usually aligns with connotations related to health and healing. However, protection, friendship, love, and royalty have all been associated with this majestic stone, too.

What energy and powers does a garnet have?

Because of its connection to blood in its red form, garnets have been worn as protective amulets to ward off injury and poison, as well as safe passage in war. With such strong protective energies, it is also tied to health and healing and can aid the wearer in this realm, too.

Yet, in more modern times, garnet is also associated with depth of feeling: love, affection, romance, loyalty, and even friendship. Because of this, the energetic frequency of garnet can attract these things into one’s life or even bind one to another.

The history of the garnet

Since ancient times, many cultures utilized garnet. It has been in use as far back as classical times, such as with the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Asian and Native American tribes also integrated it into their cultures. In the Middle Ages, it gained further popularity once again and has maintained it to the modern day.

On the Mohs hardness scale, garnet is a 6.5 to a 7.5. This means that it is suitable for most jewelry, but it may scratch against harder gems and materials.

Can you hire a spiritual advisor to help you work with a garnet birthstone?

Yes! Connect with a Keen Psychic Advisor and receive insight into the powers of crystals and gemstones. Finding someone who understands your needs, as well as goals for personal empowerment, growth, and evolution, can truly be an invaluable resource to your life.

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