January Birthstone

January is the month for a fresh start and new beginnings. Starting New Year's Day, we've all made resolutions for things we want to implement, change or create. This is the time many people start new journeys in their lives. For this month, you need a stone that will help channel positivity and success, like the January birthstone.

The January birthstone is ready to help you make all of your resolutions a reality. Find out more about the January birthstone meaning, history of the gemstone and the best garnet shopping options from Zales.

What Stone is for January?

The regal red garnet is the January birthstone. This eye-catching gemstone symbolizes truth and faithfulness. The garnet birthstone is a sight to behold. This deep, dark red gemstone is an intriguing, eye-catching and stunning addition to any jewelry piece.

The January birthstone color is red, but the garnet comes in a variety of colors including orange, yellow, black and green. The dark red version is the most well-known garnet. Appropriately, the name garnet comes from the Medieval Latin word "granatum" which translates to dark red.

January Birthstone Meaning

In addition to being a symbol of positivity, the January birthstone is also the traveler's stone. This originates from a legend that Noah used a garnet lantern to help him navigate his Ark's path during the nighttime. The January birthstone is said to promote successful business, facilitate compassion and aid in self-confidence.

Garnet Birthstone History

Egyptian pharaohs used the garnet for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. The January stone was in the jewelry of many Egyptian tombs and burials. A red garnet necklace was found in an Egyptian tomb from around 3800 B.C., making it more than 5,000 years old.

Ancient Romans wore and traded garnet gemstones. People from ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations adorned themselves and decorated with the garnet birthstone. Ancient Rome is associated with red as one of their primary colors, so the gemstone fits perfectly.

In addition to being January's birthstone, garnet is also used to celebrate a 2nd wedding anniversary.

January Birthstone Care

The January birthstone ranges from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means the garnet has a fair to good toughness, making the garnet strong and suitable for any type of jewelry setting. Just like many other "tougher" gemstones, the garnet is best kept stored in a separate bag when near other jewelry.

To clean your January birthstone, use warm soapy water. An ultrasonic cleaner is safe for the garnet unless the gemstone has a crack.

Shop January Birthstones

Garnet jewelry is a thoughtful option for those celebrating a January birthday, or for those who believe the stone provides mental clarity and guidance. A garnet birthstone ring is an all-around great choice for those who love its stunning red color. This deep hue looks best against lighter colors and neutral tones to allow its rich color to stand out. Garnet is one of those rare gems that looks brilliant in any color of gold - bright white, blush-pink rose and traditional yellow gold.

Whatever your reason for wearing garnet, you'll find an incredible collection of garnet rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more online at Zales.com.