January Birthstone: Garnet

Happy birthday to all the January babies!

Many people born in January have the astrological sign Capricorn. Capricorns aim for success slowly but surely – there is no goal out of reach with their ambition and determined nature. Your patience and loyalty attract lasting friendships.

Garnet is January’s birthstone. It signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Celebrities that share your birth month include Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake, January Jones, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres. 

Birthstone jewelry for January or any other month of the year is available at all Long’s Jewelers locations.

Partial information was sourced from the American Gem Society.