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January Birthstone: GARNET

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The word ‘Garnet’ comes from the Latin word ‘granatus’ which translates into seed or grain. Garnet received its name because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed.

First mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, S.America and the United States (Arizona & Idaho).

Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens and violets.  This assortment of colours is due to the unique combinations of elements within each particular gem, such as iron, calcium and manganese.

A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.

Happy Birthday to all those born in January!

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