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All About Birthstones: January

All About Birthstones: January

Garnet

The Basics
Garnet usually has a deep red color that can, at times, almost resemble a ruby. Although red is considered the standard color, garnet also can be found in shades of green, orange, and pink.

The word garnet is derived from the Latin word for seed-like because of its resemblance to pomegranate seeds. This stone dates back to ancient Egypt, where it adorned the powerful and was even buried with them.

Warm soapy water is best for cleaning garnet. An ultrasonic cleaner is usually safe, but should be used with caution. Steam cleaning is not recommended.

Meaning
Garnet is associated with loyalty, devotion, and tranquility. Additionally, this fiery red stone is thought to inspire creativity.

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