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January's Birthstone - Garnet

January Birthstone Garnet
For those born in the month of January, their birthstone is the garnet. The word 'garnet' comes from the Latin word for seedlike, 'granatus.' This was a reference to their similar appearance to pomegranate seeds. Most recognize this precious stone as a deep red crystal like the one seen above. However, garnets come in a wide range of colors from brown, black, orange, pink, green, yellow to even blues and colorless. Regarded as a symbol of prosperity, love and commitment, the garnet is also a protective gem thought to keep the wearer safe during long journeys. A perfect gift for your loved one who travels frequently!