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Birthstone of the Month

January Birthstone of the Month - Garnet

The name garnet is actually referring to a family of closely related silicate minerals composed of several species. While this gemstone is always thought to feature only a deep red hue, it is actually available in virtually all colors including green, orange, pink, yellow, brown, colorless, black, purple, and red.

As a birthstone for the month of January, garnet is highly regarded for its emotional healing abilities. It is said to relieve depression and encourage positive energies to uplift ones emotions and keep the balance. Wearing garnet can help minimize unwanted energies coming from the environment and strengthens its wearer in dealing with problems.

Garnet is among the few untreated stones with natural colors, clarity and beauty that are highly sought-after commercially. As with the hardness, garnet’s rating ranges from 6.5-7.5 in the Mohs scale. Its sturdiness makes it a favorable gem set to all kinds of stylish jewelry pieces such as necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants and brooches.

Demantoid, a green garnet, is known as the most expensive for it is very rare in nature and has the properties of a diamond.

A jewelry line made of garnet can be a best gift for your loved ones and friends whether it be a graduation, birthday, or anniversary present, garnet completes every celebration. With an extensive range of intricate designs, beautiful cuts and colors, garnet jewelry pieces surely are a consumer’s top choice.

Garnet is the designated gem for the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.

The large deposits of garnet can be found in Africa, Sri Lanka, Russia and India.

AT: 01/01/2013 11:15:07 AM  

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