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The January birthstone is garnet, typically with a familiar burgundy colour. However, garnet is available in a wide range of colours and prices.
The beautiful, vibrant rhodolite garnet, found in Sri Lanka, is a violet-red. The rare tsavorite garnet from Tsavo National Park in Tanzania is an intense green. The bright gold or burnished yellow-brown of the hessonite garnet can be found in Canada.
The most important sources of garnets today are Africa, Sri Lanka and India.
Garnet was once believed to give its wearer guidance in the night, allowing one to see where others could not. At one time, weapons were carved from garnet, in the belief that it would draw blood more effectively. Most often, garnet has been known as the gem of faith, constancy and truth, and therefore a perfect gem to commemorate friendship.
Garnet is very durable and does not require unusual care in wear or cleaning. Its versatility and strength make it suitable for rings and men’s jewellery.