January’s birthstone is traditionally the Garnet . The origins of the word Garnet are believed to be related to the pomegranate fruit filled with dark seeds. According to the Bible, Noah hung the Garnet from his ark to help guide him through the darkness of the flood.
Garnets should be worn
they will ensure her constancy
true friendship and fidelity.
A summerish January
a winterish spring
a January spring
is worth nae thing.
If you see grass in January
Lock your grain in your granary.
The Garnet has been used in jewelry over 3,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians who had them inlaid in jewelry. According to the Bible Noah hung a garnet from the bow of the ark as a light. The garnet is supposed to symbolized devotion, friendship and loyalty. The garnet is January Birthstone and is the second anniversary gift.
The garnet’s gets its name from the ancient Greeks who felt its color was similar to the granatum or pomegranate fruit. The colors of garnets range from deep red to orange, and browns through purple, and green.
Garnets are mined in Bohemia, Russian, and Africa. On the Mohs Hardness Scale the garnet has a rating of 7 to 7.5.