Those born in January have the fiery birthstone Garnet. Garnets are one of the most diverse gemstones and comes in a variety of shades. They are known to symbolize the heart, blood and inner fire. The popular bright red gemstones get their name 'Garnet' from the Latin word 'Garanatus' meaning 'seedlike' like the fruit pomegranate and in Greek mythology is referenced as a gift of love and eternity. It also symbolizes willpower, courage and leadership traits for those born under the sign of Capricorn.
1. Garnets were used as signet rings to seal important documents in Ancient Greece. It is named after pomegranate seeds as they were thought to resemble them.
2. There are Garnets that change color from blue to purple in different lighting. Although commonly red, they also come in an extraordinary range of colors including orange, yellow, purple & green.
3. A famous piece piece of Garnet jewelry is the Pyrope hair comb from the Victorian era, which originated from Bohemia. Each stone has a rose cut and can be found in the Smithsonian Museum.