The Story of Birthstones

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Garnet is the birthstone for January and its name is derived from the Latin word, granatus, meaning "pomegranate," in reference to its color. However, garnets are actually a set of closely related minerals that form a group, resulting in gemstones of all colors. 


According to Indian astrology, garnet helps eliminate negative feelings (depression, guilt) and instill greater self-confidence and mental clarity to promote creative thinking and peace of mind. In ancient and medieval times, gems like garnet were also thought to be remedies for inflammatory diseases and to soothe the angry heart.