Why are there birthstones?
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 – tanzanite was added to December. ~ American Gem Society
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnets are most commonly a deep, moody red. However, it does come in a variety of colors such as a spectrum of reds and greens, even indigo and black.
The belief behind the birthstones is that wearing the birthstone during that month will protect and provide healing power. However, to get the best benefit, you should own and rotate wearing all the birthstones. Nowadays, we are more focused on choosing and wearing the birthstone of your birthmonth. I feel it is one way we choose to identify ourselves.
Garnets are said to “aid the blood, heart, and lungs and are known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy.” (American Gem Society)
Looking for some delicate and stunning garnet jewelry? Here are two pieces: a bracelet and a pair of sterling silver earrings.