Those born in January are lucky to have the beautiful and diverse garnet as their birthstone. Garnets are commonly red but also come in an extraordinary range of beautiful colors, including orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green.
Some believe the true value of the garnet birthstone is its power to bring the wearer good health, wealth and happiness.
Garnets come from many different regions and countries. Today, the African continent supplies much of the world’s garnet. The birthstone for January is also found in Myanmar, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, among other countries.
The different types of garnet range between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.