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A Brief Guide to January Birthstones

A birthday in January means a celebration of new life along with the new year. Of course, the month is usually cold, and, depending where you live, fraught with snow. But this can make the January birthday a magical time. The January flower is the carnation and the month is home to the holidays of New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King’s birthday. And speaking of birthdays, here are the birthstones of January and what they symbolize.

January Modern and Traditional Birthstone: Garnet

January Birthstone GarnetThe name “garnet” comes from the Latin word for “grain”, and you can see why if you take a close look at any of your garnet jewelry. Though most, if not all, garnet jewelry is red in color, the garnet in nature can come in a wide spectrum of colors, most notably bright green. Legends and stories surround the January birthstone just as they do all manner of gems. It has been passed down that the bright reflective quality of the garnet is so powerful that Noah used one to guide the Biblical Ark through the rough seas following the flooding of the Earth. Of course, aside from myth and legend and Biblical tales, the garnet is in itself a beautiful gem. The garnet is known as the traveler’s gem, perhaps dating back to the legends about Noah. For this reason, the garnet has always been thought of as a fine gift for those going on a journey, keeping it with them to ensure a safe return back to their loved ones. For this reason and others, the garnet makes not only a perfect gift for the January birthday, but for anyone at any time of year that wants a piece of sparkling red jewelry in their collection.

January Alternative Birthstone: Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is one of the most sought after and admired of the quartzes. It has this reputation through its smoky pink coloring, which lends it a particularly lovely hue, and sets perfectly into jewelry of various kinds. They can be found most often in pendants to be hung from the neck in a necklace, though they have been seen and sold as rings, bracelets, and even earrings.