Garnet is the gemstone for people born in January, with its history of being used as a gemstone going back to the Bronze Age.
If you have a belief in the metaphysical and spiritual properties of gemstones, garnet is said to inspire love, is energising and stimulates the metabolism.
Garnet occurs naturally in a wide range of colours including red, orange, brown, green, yellow, and brown.
The traditionally coloured red garnet is a readily available and affordable gemstone. However, the more sought after rare garnets include the orange spessartite garnet found in Nigeria, Mozambique and Namibia, green tsavorite garnets sourced on the border of Kenya and Tanzania and rose pink rhodolite garnet from North Carolina. Perhaps the rarest of all the garnets are demantoids found only in Russia and Namibia. The variability of the colour of garnets is a reflection of the gems' mineral composition.
Garnet is a fairly hard gemstone and is therefore suitable for everyday wear.
Images of Spessartite, Dermantoid and Tsavorite garnets attributed to: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons