The Stone of HealthJanuary Birthstone Garnet
Believed to hold properties of regeneration, the garnet is fit for the season of resolutions.
In Ancient Armenia it was traditional for the new bride to throw a pomegranate against a wall, the crimson jewel-like seeds that were revealed were a sign of fertility and new beginnings. The “stone of health” has been visually tied to this red fruit’s rich symbolic history for centuries, and the garnet itself can likewise be seen in light of ceremonial new beginnings as the birthstone of the first month of the year. Etymologically the name garnet refers to both “grain” and “seed,” and the robust stone may give one a sense of growth and fecundity, in all areas of life, for the months to come. The theme of abundance can also be seen in the garnet family’s range of color, which expresses itself in a full spectrum; from rarer greens to classic reds.
Believed to hold properties of regeneration, the garnet is fit for the season of resolutions. Named a sacred stone by many native cultures, its transcendent energies are said to integrate one’s previous experiences with one’s present. With the spirit of transmuting the past to the future in the new year, the garnet can be seen as a self-growth stone to acknowledge the small seeds we have planted in order to move forward and grow.
For any January birthdays, holiday gifts, or treats for yourself, you can shop our Garnet page. The Olive Single Stone Bracelet can be seen as a commitment piece which showcases the stone with simplicity and grace, and the Olive Birthstone Charm may recall the garnet’s classic Victorian elegance. Learn More about Garnet below.
HISTORY OF THE January BIRTHSTONE
Belief in the garnet as a stone of transitions and rebirth dates as far back as 3800 BC, where a garnet could be found in an Egyptian tomb to carry the body forward into the afterlife. From the Mayans to Faberge, the garnet has been a well loved stone throughout history. In many cultures, the stone has a specific corporeal connection, and it was thought to protect the body from physical harm in battle and in plague. Practicalities of this stone extended into legal matters when it was set in signet rings to stamp and seal envelopes in Ancient Rome (American Gem Society). In the 1500s a lively garnet industry blossomed in Czechoslovakia which were much coveted in Victorian times (Africa Gems). During this time, the play on garnet’s pomegranate namesake was often brought forth in fanciful designs which mimicked the fruit.
GARNET'S UNIQUE COMPOSITION & MYSTIC QUALITIES
Referred to as both a “stone of health” and a “stone of commitment” garnet can activate a process of rebalancing and connectivity for the wearer, at once physical and emotional. The stone can be seen as a cataclysmic force; it ignites change, particularly in the first chakra, which focuses on the aspect of relationship (whether that be to oneself or to others). As the first chakra can be opened by envisioning red, the deep red of a garnet can instill a sense of balance and strength for the wearer. Said to stimulate the Kundalini, it redistributes the wearers’ energies in order to function with the utmost efficiency (Love is in the Earth). The energetic mineral of this stone is strong in action, and will reorganize and dispose of the energies which no longer serve you! Said to assist the regenerative processes of the body, the stone can be thought of as an ultra cleansing force in order to start fresh.