New Year, New You. How many times have we heard that? As we take a moment to reflect on a few improvement goals, those with January birthdays may reap some benefits of the stone which represents their birth month. Garnet, the January birthstone, comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike” a reference to the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate. Pomegranates are shocked full of nutrients, so if you are setting healthy goals, garnet may be the perfect reminder.Garnet has a healthy reputation. It is thought to relieve skin conditions and purifies and reenergizes the blood, heart, and lungs, It is believed that a garnet tones the spleen, promotes health throughout the circulatory system and enhances the body’s production of healthy hemoglobin. It stimulates metabolism, treats spinal and cellular disorders, and regenerates DNA. It also assists the assimilation of minerals and vitamins. Wow, sounds like all you need to do is wear garnet and you are good to go! By the way, the January birthstone, garnet is thought to keep you safe during travel.
Granet, the January birthstone is found in beautiful jewelry from earrings, to necklaces, to birthstone rings.
Garnet is a gemstone found within a variety of minerals that typically shines with a bright red color. Recent research has shown there are many different spectrums of light passing through the gem, though red remains the most dominant. It leaves a colorless streak and has a hardness of between 6.5 and 8.0 Mohs. It is sourced from igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks, and its appearance ranges from transparent to opaque in color, depending on the area in which the stone was found, and its state of purity and polish. Today, there are approximately four dominant types of Garnet. Namely, these include Pyrope, Almandite, Spessartite, and Grossularite.
The first uses of Garnet, the January birthstone, were in Ancient Egypt. It was worn as jewelry by Pharaohs and religious figures, as well as being used to enhance the look of furnishings and statues. Today, different types of garnet are found across different parts of the globe. Pyrope Garnet is located in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Almandite is found in parts of Brazil, India, Madagascar, and the US. Spessartite is also found in Brazil, as well as China, Kenya, and Madagascar. Last but not least, Grossularite garnet is found in Myanmar, South Africa, and Zambia.
Four countries worldwide remain dominant in Garnet production today. These are India, China, Australia, and the United States. India leads the globe in production, with 700,000 metric tons of Garnet. China follows in second place with 470,000 metric tons. Australia lands in third, with 150,000 metric tons, with the United States providing around 54,000 metric tons itself to garner a fourth-place position in nationwide garnet production. The mineral is mined in these and other countries, and prices may vary greatly depending on the type of Garnet and its aesthetic characteristics.
So wishing all of the January birthdays the happiest of days and a healthy year. Enjoy your beautiful garnet jewelry.
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