January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.

Garnet , derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone date back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlay jewelry.

Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that come in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.