January is an exciting time to be born. These babies get the pleasure of the fresh start of the new calendar along with the celebration of their entrance into the world! Representing this birth month is the gorgeous gemstone, garnet.
In order to understand why garnet was chosen to represent January babies, we must first understand a little bit about the psyche of January people themselves.
January astrology in a nutshell
January is ruled by two signs. Capricorn kicks off the new year as astrologically, it begins on December 22 and lasts until January 19, but is then handed over to Aquarius from January 20 to February 18.
You’re quite easy to get along with as you have a good sense of humour.
Capricorns are highly practical people. This means you have a decent sense of adventure, so long as it is well thought out and planned. Capricorns can be hard for others to warm up to, as you are relatively cool, but once people get to know you, people find that you’re quite easy to get along with as you have a good sense of humour and affectionate side.
Aquarius’ are a mixed bag, they can be as shy and quiet as much as energetic and excited. You’re good at picking up and adapting to the energy of your surroundings. It’s an incredibly optimistic sign! The world is your oyster and you try to seize every opportunity available. An Aquarius loves spending time with friends and family as much as friends and family enjoy spending time with them – they are good listeners!
Now let’s delve into the wonderful properties of the gem that has been chosen to represent the January babies.
All about garnet
Let’s start with a little history about garnet. January is filled with strong personalities, so it need a strong gemstone to represent them appropriately. What better than a stone that is so durable, remnants of it are found as far back as the Bronze Age. Egyptians used to include this stone in their jewellery for the rich and royalty as the gem is the symbol of life in their culture. It was also a popular stone with the Romans in the third and fourth centuries.
Traditionally, garnet is a rich red colour, but it can range from green, orange, pink and bluish tones as well. The dark red was selected to represent January babies, however. Interestingly enough, the origin of the name ‘garnet’ came from ‘granatum’ which was Latin for seed, specifically the red seeds found in pomegranates. Garnet itself can refer to a group of minerals, hence the range of colours! The stone can be found all over the world, but is most prominent in Wyoming, Greece, Tanzania, Madagascar, India and the Czech Republic.
Some believe the stone has the power to bestow the wearer with eternal happiness and goodwill, ideal for the start of a new year, but it might be worth picking up even if you’re born in another month! Garnet also represents second anniversaries, so if you’re in need of present ideas, a nice piece of jewellery clad in this gemstone is ideal!
If you need to represent your birth month better, shop garnet pieces right here are Showcase Jewellers. We have every birthstone for every month of the year – start collecting them all, even if you aren’t born in January. All the birthstones are equally beautiful, so be sure to come back each month as we review them each!
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