3 Surprising Facts About Garnet Birthstones

garnet birthstonesGarnet birthstones have quite a history surrounding them. These red gems are the birthstone for everyone born in January, and they signify trust and friendship. The deep meaning behind beautiful garnet birthstones makes them personal, meaningful gifts for anyone, especially as jewelry. In addition to representing many remarkable qualities, there are several other lesser-known facts about garnet birthstones.

  • Garnets exist in many different colors. The birthstone for January is a deep red color, and this is the color most people picture when they think of garnets. It may surprise you that this precious stone exists in many different hues and colors, like green, clear, or black.
  • They were used by ancient warriors. Garnet was believed to bring good luck and victories in battles, and it was also used as protection from harm and injury. There are also stories of warriors who believed that using garnets as a kind of bullet would cause more harm to their enemies.
  • They are mined differently. Most gemstones occur and are found underground, but garnets are usually found in other small pebbles, generally in streams. Water will erode the outer layers of the rocks that contain garnet, and then the stone can be mined.

As with other gemstones, garnet has also been thought to have different healing and medicinal benefits. There are so many interesting things to learn about garnet birthstones, and at Mosteller American Gemstones, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have. With our great selection of garnets, you will be sure to find something you love, either for you or a loved one. Contact us today!