January Birthstones Garnet Stone

About Garnet Stone

Garnet crystal is the red, semi-precious gemstone and a birthstone for January month and the stone for celebrating the 2nd anniversary of marriage. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate. The Garnet stone look like the bright red seeds like a seed inside pomegranate.

Garnet stone in Hindi is Gahara laal rang (गहरा लाल रंग)

Garnet stone in Tamil is Kārṉaṭṭiṉ (கார்னட்டின்)

Crystal Garnet stone in Malayalam is Gnārneṟṟ (ഗ്നാർനെറ്റ്)

Garnet stone in Telugu is Gōmēdikaṁ (గోమేదికం)

The Garnet crystal is more than just a fashion statement used as a protective talisman against negative energy. Possessing a special beauty all their own, the Garnet crystal stone is linked with the heart chakra, making this deep red gemstone a dark and intense contrast.

Garnet Stone color

Garnet stone looks like a deep red variety but is commonly found in orange brown and wine red shades. A flawless, clear green garnet (called a demantoid), is one of the most beautiful and expensive gems in existence found in countries like Europe, Russia, and South Africa.

  • Almandine Garnet – a brownish, reddish color quality of Garnets
  • Andradite Garnet – olive, dark yellow, green or nearly black variety of Garnet
  • Grossular Garnet  – This variety of Garnets are found in yellow, dark brown, golden, orange or deep green colours.
  • Uvarovite Garnet – Also commonly known as the ‘Green Garnet’, Muscovite Garnets have dark and deep green colour.

Where is garnet found?

Different types of garnet are found in different locations. Pyrope, a deep red garnet, is found in the United States, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa, and China.

Spessartine, an orange colored garnet, is found in Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The spessartine, with the richest color, comes from Namibia.

Almandine, the most common birthstone for January that has a reddish-brown to black hue, is most commonly found in India, Brazil, the United States, and Sri Lanka.

A less common garnet, Andradite, usually has a reddish-brown, green, orange and black streaked color. It is found in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, and the United States.

Types of Garnet

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Garnet is a powerful energizing stone it balances, strengthens and protects spiritual properties. The different types of garnet stones are

Almandine Garnet

Increase willpower and resistance to all things negative. It helps blood related issues and promotes better circulation. Associated with the First Chakra, it is a stone of physical love and relationships, and a spiritual stone of psychic protection.

Color: Brown and Red.

Andradite Garnet

A spiritual stone with higher thinking and self-empowerment, it is also a stone of strength and safety. It dissolves feelings of isolation or alienation and attracts intimate encounters with others.

Color : Green or Olive, dark yellow and black.

Grossular Garnet

It is a stone of prosperity and abundance, encouraging gratitude and service to others. Associated with the Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras, Grossular Garnet is a deeply spiritual stone.

Color: Yellow, gold, orange, scarlet and red, and the more popular shades of lush green

Pyrope Garnet

Pyrope garnet stone, described as “living fire.” It is a stone of inspiration, bestowing vitality and charisma, and assists in owning one’s gifts and abilities. It aligns the Base and Crown Chakras, and stimulates warmth and gentleness, unifying creative forces of the self.

Color: Violet, and Indigo

Spessartine Garnet Gemstone

Spessartine garnet stone is one of the rarer varieties, known as the Garnet of the Sun. The stone activates the analytical processes of the mind, removing fears and providing confidence to change one’s life. It is associated with the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, awakening creative energies and lending power to one’s will.

Color: Dark gold, orange, scarlet and deep red.

Uvarovite Garnet crystal

It promotes prosperity and wealth, and assists one in learning to joyfully accept what is offered by the Universe. It stimulates the Heart Chakra and enhances spiritual relationships. This is a calm and peaceful stone.

Color: Green in color

What is the largest garnet crystal found?

The largest garnet crystal found weighs 10 lbs. and is approximately 15 inches in diameter. It is known as the “Kunz Garnet” or the “Sewer” or “Subway” garnet because it was found in New York City under a subway. The Kunz Garnet is currently placed in the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

What is the history of garnet, the birthstone for January?

Garnet stone was often used for jewellery in the Victorian times, during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has been found dating back to 3100 B.C. in Egypt, and in Sumeria around 2100 B.C. The birthstone for January has been known as a symbol for friendship and trust.

Garnet stone benefits

Garnet helps in balancing the sex drive. It aids in sexual potency and fertility, brings out sexual attraction and frees ones sensual side to release passion and love. The stone inspires commitment, monogamous and stable marriage, and promises one’s love, devotion, and fidelity with surety. It can also aid in finding true lovers.

  • The greatest benefit of Garnet is when used in healing therapy. Garnet gemstone is known to bring positivity, stability, good health and enthusiasm in life.
  • It is known to ward off nightmares (bad dreams), alleviate mental depression and cure sleep disorders.
  • In Business, the auspicious astrological effects of Garnet are derived by keeping Garnet crystals in the cash counter or cash register to attract luck and wealth.
  • Garnet gemstone blesses its wearer with safe travels, strength and wanderlust.
  • Garnet gemstone gives its wearer the power to have clear focus, self awareness and fulfilling commitments.
  • Red garnet gemstone benefits the sex drive, potency, vigor and reproductive health of its wearer.

Garnet stone astrology benefits

The stones is said to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice. The Koran holds that the garnet gemstone illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems. The Greeks said it guarded children from drowning. It was also thought to be potent against poisons.

GARNET BIRTHSTONE :Garnet birthstones belong to those born in the months of January and December. People born in the month of January can have garnet as their ancient and traditional birthstone.

GARNET ZODIAC SIGN :Garnet gemstones are the zodiac stones for people born under the signs of Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. People born under the zodiac sign Leo celebrate their birthday between July 23 and August 22. Virgos celebrate their birthdays between August 23 and September 22. Capricorns are born from December 22 to January 19 and Aquarians celebrate their birthday from January 20 to February 18.

How do you care for garnet jewellery?

Garnet is a durable stone, making it perfect for every day wear. It should not come in contact with extreme temperatures or chemicals. Remove the jewellery while gardening, washing dishes, and swimming to keep it from getting scratched or damaged.

How to clean: You can clean garnet jewellery with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Always make sure you rinse the stone well after washing it. Ultrasonic treatments may also be used for any garnets except the demantoid variety. Do not steam clean your garnet.

What is the value of garnet crystal?

To determine the value of a garnet crystal, jeweler’s look at the garnet color, the type of garnet, the clarity, and the size of the stone. The highest valued garnet is andradite (demantoid) garnet in an emerald green color – the price per carat is up to $5,000. The lowest valued garnet is rhodolite garnet in colors from red to purple at $100 to $300 per carat.


Where can I buy January birthstone rings and jewellery?

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