Garnet is the birth stone for the month of January. Garnets’ popularity can be traced back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, where the gems were worked into beads or set into handmade jewelry. Garnets are often a dark red, with hints of brown and are very beautiful and unique stones. In fact, if you were collecting garnet stones, you would discover that they come in almost every color with the exception of blue. You can find garnets in variations of red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless.
Garnets are a natural stone, meaning they are not treated or enhanced. A garnet is both hard and durable. You can easily clean your garnets using either an ultrasonic cleaning machine, any commercial jewelry cleaner, or a mild soap along with lukewarm water and a soft brush.
It has become popular to buy gemstone jewelry that features the birth month of the person you give it to. For January birthdays, consider a diamond and garnet pendant necklace, a diamond tennis bracelet that has alternating garnets with the diamonds or a pair of garnet stud earrings.
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