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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
January's Birthstone is Garnet
The warm reds and oranges of garnet, January's birthstone, are the perfect counterweight to this month's bitter cold. Garnet gems, along with garnet pendants and garnet rings, have been associated with the gods and royalty for thousands of years.

In its rich reds, garnets appear a lot like pomegranate seeds. In fact, the word garnet comes from the Greek word, granatum, meaning "pomegranate seed." Garnets were then associated with the gods, namely Hades and Persephone, since Hades used pomegranate seeds in his pursuit of Persephone who followed him into the Underworld, thereby creating winter. And while the Ancient Greeks associated garnets with the gods, the Ancient Romans used garnet to engrave the portraits of the Roman Caesar, royalty seen as living gods.

Along with being the gem of the gods and royalty, garnets are also seen as possessing powers which can enhance and strengthen relationships. As the birthstone poem reads:

By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

In the Middle Ages, garnet jewelry was given at the start of marriages to ensure fidelity between both partners. Today, garnet jewelry is seen as an appropriate and thoughtful gift for a long time friend, helping to further cement the strong bonds both friends have created and maintained.

Remember that during the bitter of this winter month, the inviting reds and oranges of garnet can warm a friend's, or anyone's heart. Come into our store and let us show you our collection of garnet jewelry. Find out why this gorgeous gem has been associated with gods, royalty, and the joys of friendship, for centuries.

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