January’s Birthstone; Garnet
Garnet is found the world over, and though commonly known to be red, it is in fact found in a variety of colors and chemical formulas, each with its own set of spiritual properties.
Legends and folklore place garnet among the most ancient of talismans. Not only was it prized as an ornamental jewel, but its strong curative powers and protective energies made it invaluable.
Garnet is also known for its utilization of creative energy. It grounds spirit forces within the body and helps in the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane.
Yet Garnet is a sensual stone. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification, and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.
In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to enhancing truth, faith, and constancy, and to dispel melancholy.