Not only do we love beautiful birthstones but we love learning all the fun facts and stories behind the stones. For example did you know January's gem is actually available in a rainbow of colors? The most popular color though is the Pyrope garnet. Garnet is derived from the word granatum, which means seed and is a reference to the resemblance to a pomegranate seed (fancy, huh?). The pyrope garnet stone is often used for the official birthstone for January. Also, legends have said that the garnet stone would be used to light up the night during travel and protect against nightmares. Now if that doesn't sound like a great piece of jewelry, I don't know what does! If protection against nightmares isn't what you need at least you can count on the garnet gem for friendship and trust which is what is symbolizes in other parts of the world.
So the next time you give your mom, friend, maybe a loving wife who has been working really hard and is tired and just wants 5 minutes alone, or coworker a January birthstone necklace now you can show off all of your smarty pants garnet gem info!