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My birthday is in January so garnets are my birthstone.
To be honest, I thought they weren’t my favorite. (I'm quite partial to deep pinks and aquas)
Of all the bazillion gemstones out there, why was I born to the garnet month?
But then I found out something amazing…
Even when it comes in a tiny package.
Plus it comes in multiple shades of red (among other varieties that come in pink, orange, greens, and browns).
My initial introduction to garnet was of the brownish red variety that seemed a little dull. But since then I’ve found many red garnets with striking depth and brilliance.
Garnets have a long history in jewelry and as talismans. Necklaces have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and they were valued by Ancient Greeks and Romans in signet rings.
I’m pretty sure those ancient civilizations were on to something!
Now I'm thrilled to call garnet my birthstone.
That extra dose of confidence and courage (and beauty!) will come in handy all year.
Since January is often a time of reflection and renewal for many, garnet adds power to propel us with conviction into the new year.
And, garnet is the traditional gift for your 2nd wedding anniversary. This deep red stone is a wonderful representation of the passion and love that keeps a marriage ticking.
Check out these handcrafted garnet jewels (like the necklace above) and more gemstone friends.
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