The January birthstone is garnet. This birthstone symbolizes many good things, such as friendship, loyalty, trust, and safe travels. Garnet is a timeless birthstone that has been used since the time of ancient Egypt - and is still in style. While you can find it in a variety of colors, the birthstone is most widely associated with dark red or deep brown colors, and the name of the stone has Latin roots that reference the seed of a pomegranate, which is a similar color.
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our gemstone guide!
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