January Birthstone - Garnet
The January birthstone is garnet, whose name originates from the medieval Latin granatus, meaning “pomegranate,” because of its red color similar to a pomegranate seed. Garnets occur in a variety of colors, including green, black, and orange - but the most common are reds ranging from deep rust-colored reds to more pinkish or purple reds. Mandarin Spessartite Garnets, also known as Mandarin garnets, are considered to be the most rare and valuable of all garnet gemstones.
Garnets are believed to help eliminate negative feelings and increase self-confidence, as well as promote creative thinking and peace of mind. They are often called the "stone of health" and thought to be energizing, balancing, and protecting.