A new month brings a new Stone of the Month. The Stone of the Month for January is Garnet.
Garnets are adored for their dark red and brown tones and are a very
good gift for a winter fashion piece. Garnets are considered to be the
protective stone of travelers and when given symbolize ones love and
desire for the safe return of another. The garnet is found all across
the world having been discovered in Africa, Australia, India, Russia,
South America and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho. It is
most commonly found in it's deep red form but does exist in other colors
from yellow to orange, Rosy pinks to lime greens and violets. It's rich
colors are caused by it's mixes of iron, calcium, and manganese.
There are many myths surrounding the garnet. There is a Greek myth which
links the garnet to the story Persephone, the goddess of sunshine who
was kidnapped by Hades, god of the underworld. Hades eventually did
release Persephone, but first he offered her some pomegranate seeds,
which ensured her return to him. There is also one Biblical legend is
that Noah hung this gem on the ark so that it could light his way
throughout the dark and stormy nights of God's wrath across the great
The Garnet tests a six point five to seven point five on Mohs scale
of hardness. It may be necessity to have your Garnet Jewelry buffed
every five to ten years to keep it looking at it best quality. Not all
Garnet is gem quality however and much of the Garnet that is mined is
used for commercial purposes. Garnet jewelry is fairly common and is the perfect gift for any January birthday.
Here at Gems N' Loans we take our gems seriously and garnet is no exception!