Being a special gemstone for January people, garnet birthstone had many jewelry applications:
Medieval people added garnet to wax while making stamps to seal letters.
Ancestors also called garnet the gemstone of faith, meaning that it intensifies the impact of good and evil actions on the destiny of its owner.
Some believers wore garnet birthstone as a talisman from bad dreams and circumstances. People said that this gemstone is capable of lighting up the night and expelling the nightmares from it.
Warriors relied on the healing power of garnet, placing it on their wounds and wearing it not to catch plague disease.
Indian astrologists said garnet can disburden the owner’s soul. Among the feelings this gemstone can fight against, there are depression and guilt.
Archeologists are frequently finding garnet jewelry pieces from Bronze Age in ruins
People in Ancient Egypt frequently featured this precious gemstone, referring to the garnet as the talisman of life.
The rise in garnet usage happened in the 3rd century in the Roman Empire and during the Victorian era in England.
The garnet with the greatest reputation is the Smithsonian’s pyrope hair comb. It is decorated by garnet found in Bohemian mines (Czech Republic).
Many royal families preferred garnet birthstone jewelry – especially in Russia, India, and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Till now, Africa is the largest supplier of the garnet birthstone on the global market. In other parts of the planet, the famous place to find birthstone January is Little Three mine in Southern California. Alternatively, you can find some garnets in Asia (Iran, Pakistan, India and Myanmar) and Latin America (Brazil especially). During Victorian times, garnets were supplied from Ural Mountains (Russia) in jewelry designed by Faberge. These green gemstones still have great reputation on the market.