January Birthstones: Color, Symbolism and Healing Properties

What is the Birthstone for January

Garnet, a red gem, is the birthstone best suited for January-borns, symbolizing love, good luck, friendship, loyalty and faithfulness. It derives its name from ‘Garanatus’, a Latin word meaning ‘seedlike’, because small garnets bear a striking resemblance to red pomegranate seeds.

January birthstones are appropriate for the second (1st -10th January) and third decade (11th to 19th January) Capricorns as well as the first decade (20th to 29th January) Aquarians.

January Birthstone

Healing Properties of Garnet as the January Birthstone

  • Provides peace of mind
  • Promotes sound health, protecting from fever, inflammatory conditions, and hemorrhage
  • Enhances productivity
  • Brings in prosperity
  • Gives life a proper direction
  • Increases endurance
  • Wards off negative feelings
  • Helps commit to relationships

This stone act as a talisman, ideal for those who travel frequently, protecting them from any mishaps.

Specific Properties of the January Birthstone in Other Colors

Dark red is the prime color, though the stone is available in other shades which have their own significance and healing powers.

Purple: Maintains emotional balance

Yellow-green: Helps to keep one grounded

Black: Enhances creativity and drives away negative energies

Other colors of garnet include brown, pink, purple, gray and orange. The stone has great historical significance and was popular even during the Bronze Age when they were buried in the grave alongside the deceased to guard their spirits. Plato, the noted philosopher had ordered his portrait to be engraved on garnet.

Other January Gemstones

  • Agate – Brings prosperity especially in career
  • Opal – Provides a calming effect
  • Azurite  – Enhances intuitive skills
  • Malachite – Promotes positive thinking
  • Jade – Lessens emotional stress
  • Smoky Quartz – Relieves stress and aids in logical thinking
  • Jet – Helps in overall healing

Consulting a professional astrologer would certainly help January borns to choose a proper birthstone that would help bringing out their personality in a positive manner.

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