Birthstone for January is Garnet.
Garnet, the January birthstone, derived its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like a grain, which refers to the mode of occurrence wherein crystals resemble grains or seeds embedded in the matrix. Garnet displays the greatest variety of color of any mineral, occurring in every color except blue. For example, deep red (Pyrope meaning "fire-eyed") vibrant green (Tsavorites), other colors including purple, red, orange, yellow, green, brown, black, or colorless.
The use of garnets as a gem or gemstone can be traced to prehistoric times, where Jewelry made with garnet has been found as early as the Bronze Age (3000 BC) in burial sites. It is thought that early communities valued garnet and believed that it offered protections in the afterlife. Currently, the world's largest supply of garnets is the continent of Africa.
Legends, Myths and Healing Properties:
Garnet is a stone of romantic love and passion. It signifies eternal friendship and trust. It is said to bring positive thoughts and boosts energy, and be excellent for manifestation. It can also assist mystically with success in one's career and building one's self-confidence.