Fun Facts About January's Birthstone Garnet


  • Garnet is the official birthstone for January.
  • Garnet gemstones are traditionally given to commemorate the 2nd wedding anniversary
  • The most common garnet gemstones are deep red, though they are sometimes found in green.
  • Some garnet stones are even colorless, but this is rare.
  • The name garnet originated from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate.
  • Garnet crystals are mined in Asia and America, as well as Europe.
  • Garnet stones are found in lava bombs, river rocks and chromium garnet deposits in India and Burma.
  • Garnet is usually found in sizes up to 1mm in diameter.
  • Garnet crystals have the potential to last for thousands of years with proper care. The stones falls between 6.5 – 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness depending on the type.Free grammar check
  • The rarest garnet gems include tsavorite garnet, rhodolite garnet and demantoid garnet.
  • As a passion stone, garnet has been a longstanding symbol of love and friendship.