January 5, 2011
Spotlight On: January Birthstone Garnet
The garnet’s namesake derives from the Latin word ‘granatus’, meaning grain or seed, but more specifically the ruby red seed of the succulent pomegranate. Garnet has historically been linked to biblical and Greek legends, and steeped in mythical wonder and amazement, especially as the protective gemstone of journeyers, in which it symbolizes the love and desire for ones’ safe and successful travels.
Garnet was originally mined over 2,500 years ago in Sri Lanka, but today it is mined internationally in places like Africa, Australia, South America, and right here in the United States in Arizona and Idaho. Although it commonly known as a red gemstone, the natural combination o ...