January Birthstone - Garnet
Garnet traces its roots to the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C., where Egyptian artisans crafted the gemstone into beads or laid them into hand-wrought jewelry. This gem, whose name is derived from the Greek “granatum,” reminded the ancients of the ruby pearls of the pomegranate. In centuries past, garnets were thought to light up the night and offer protection from nightmares. Travelers carried garnet to protect against misfortune when far from home.
Today, garnet is beloved around the world not only for its fiery colors, but for brilliance that spans the entire color spectrum.