Celebrate January birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Garnet
The beautiful rich red tones of Garnet are traditionally associated with purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship. It was popularly used in Victorian jewellery, and supposedly derives its name from its resemblance to Pomegranate seeds. Found in Sri Lanka, India, Africa and even the US, there is a biblical legend that Noah hung garnet on the ark to guide the way through the dark, stormy nights of God’s wrath. Perhaps for this reason, Garnet is also regarded as a protective gemstone for journeyers, symbolic of the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.
Although most often found in beautiful dark red, Garnet also appears in almost every other colour, including vibrant greens and, on rare occasions, rich blues. Many designers at fabulous use Garnet, including Azuni, Dower & Hall and Thomas Sabo, as its wonderful colour provides a flash of warmth during winter, and a cheerful brightness during summer.
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The new year also welcomes Capricorns into the world from 22nd December to 21st January. The zodiac symbol for Capricorn is the goat, and people with this star sign tend to be trustworthy, persistent, ambitious and patient.
2011 is the year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac – people born in the year of the Rabbit are supposedly the luckiest of all the zodiac signs, and are peaceful, quiet and loving.
Happy birthday to everyone born in January!