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January: Garnet

garnetThe word garnet is derived from the Latin word granatus meaning “grain” or “seed”. Legend says that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination. It is believed that the garnet gives the wearer guidance in the night and protection from nightmares. According to the ancient Egyptians, it is an anecdote for snakes bites and food poisoning. Garnet jewelry has been dated all the way back to the bronze age. Anyone who is subject to depression should carry a garnet with them as it encourages joy, willpower and hope while its beautiful fiery red color drives away tiredness and stimulates the imagination.

It is 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. The garnet is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the second year of marriage. Garnets are found in the U.S., Africa, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia and India. A gift of a garnet is symbolic of love and the desire for a loved ones safe travel and speedy homecoming.


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