January Birthstone – Garnet

People born in January have Garnet birthstones. Garnet is most known for being a dark red gemstone, often with reddish-purple coloring. According to Wikipedia, “Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.”

Also according to Wikipedia, “The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word gernet, meaning ‘dark red’. It is derived from the Latin granatus, from granum (‘grain, seed’). This is possibly a reference to mela granatum or even pomum granatum (‘pomegranate’, Punica granatum), a plant whose fruits contain abundant and vivid red seed covers (arils), which are similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.”


Due to its rich, dark color, Garnet is a fairly beloved gemstone. It is often is found faceted as the cut of the gemstone brings out it’s luster. Garnet jewelry is available in the Moon Pixie Handmade store on Amazon if you’d like to shop for a birthday gift for that special someone.