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January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. This beautiful gemstone is known for its deep red color and is believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and health to those who wear it. In this blog post, we will explore the history, meaning, and properties of the January birthstone.

History of Garnet

Garnet has been used in jewellery for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all prized the gemstone for its beauty and believed that it had healing properties. In the Middle Ages, garnet was a popular gemstone for royalty and clergy, and it was often used in religious jewellery. Today, garnet is still a popular gemstone and is often used in engagement rings, necklaces, and earrings.

The Meaning of Garnet

Garnet is often associated with love, passion, and loyalty. It is believed to enhance relationships, increase confidence, and promote self-esteem. The gemstone is also thought to have healing properties, and it is often used to treat depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders.

Properties of Garnet

Garnet is a durable gemstone that is rated 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It is available in a range of colours, including red, orange, yellow, green, and purple. The most common colour of garnet is red, which is caused by the presence of iron in the gemstone. Garnet is often cut into a variety of shapes, including round, oval, pear, and emerald.

Perfect for January Babies

Garnet is a beautiful and meaningful gemstone that is perfect for those born in the month of January. Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, a necklace, or a pair of earrings, garnet is a great choice. It is durable, versatile, and has a rich history and meaning that make it a special gemstone to wear.

Looking for your birthstone? Explore the birthstone collection here.


Jess Kumanovski

Maison de Femmes founder and creative director.

A hopeful romantic, Jess lives and works in Melbourne, Australia and has always had a particular knack for untangling jewellery and dating idiots. She started Maison de Femmes in 2018 as an escape from the 9-5 office grind, and it's been a magical ride ever since.

Find out more about our humble origins on the About Us page.