Saturday, December 25, 2010

Birthstones for January

Of course I need to write about this. Garnet is my absolute favorite stone, much preferred over my own peridot. I've got a well-known preference for all things garnet or burgundy colored. My ribbon drawer gives me away, I think:

The ribbon drawer

The word garnet has two possible sources, either from the old English word "gernet," meaning dark red, or the Latin "granatus," or seed, in reference to a pomegranate seed. Mineralogically, they are from the silicate family. The most common are a dark burgundy red in color, but there are varieties that are more orange in hue, and green garnet, or tsavorite, is growing in popularity.

Green Garnet (Tsavorite) Neo Victorian OOAK

Many powers are attributed to the garnet. In medieval times, garnets were worn or carried for protection while traveling, and were also believed to be charms against poison, wounds and bad dreams, and to promote good health.

Faceted Garnet and Silver Heishe Dangle Earrings

More recently, garnets are thought to be stones of purity and truth as well as symbols of love and compassion.

Garnet Briolette Multi Strand Necklace

In men, it's said to help keep the reproductive system healthy. For women, it promotes hormonal balance and is said to reduce bloating and swelling.

Red Garnet and Pewter Celtic Knot Necklace on Sterling Silver

It was believed that garnets could help alleviate skin conditions, cure heart palpitations, and cure lung diseases and diseases of the blood.

Key to a Hidden Door Steampunk Necklace with Garnets and Sterling

Garnets can be exchanged between parting friends as a symbol of affection and to ensure that they meet again.

Red Garnet and Madagascar Ruby Victorian Choker

And given as a gift, garnet symbolizes everlasting love and devotion.

Garnets and Pearls for My Lady

Here's some more lovely garnet pieces for your January birthday friends and loves.

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