Garnet maybe the single gem representing those born during the month of January, however the garnet family is one of the most complex in the gem world. It is not a single species, but is composed of multiple species and varieties. ¹
Garnets are commonly red but also come in an extraordinary range of beautiful colors, including orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green. There are even garnets that change color from blue to purple in different lighting. Blue garnets are the rarest.
Some believe that garnets are a protective stone, shielding the wearer from injury. This made them particularly popular amongst warriors and royalty. Occasionally associated with life-giving blood, red-variety garnets are also connected to vitality, love, and light.