The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate.
Garnets are the birthstone for January and gemstone for the 2nd year anniversary.
Garnets are said to bring peace, prosperity and good health to a home.
Birthstones are traditionally associated with a month of the year. The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – The tanzanite was added to December.
There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing power and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine and Bloodstone
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone
July – Ruby
August – Peridot, Sardonyx and Spinel
September – Sapphire
October – Opal and Tourmaline
November – Topaz and Citrine
December – Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise