For those born during this month of January, you can count the revered garnet as your birthstone. The traditional poem for January reflects some of the properties with which the Garnet is associated – purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship: “By her who is this month was born, No gem save garnets shall be worn They will ensure her constancy True friendship and fidelity.” Often depicted in its rich, blood red form, the January birthstone can actually occur in a range of striking colours from fiery orange to jet-black. Australia is currently the world’s largest supplier of garnet, but other noteworthy sources include Africa, Sri Lanka and India, who all produce large amounts of industrial garnet. The name garnet comes from the Latin word ‘Garanatus’ meaning ‘seed like’, perhaps a reference to the garnets similarity to bright red pomegranate seeds. References to this stunning stone date as far back as 3000BC, when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in jewellery. We know that it was also strongly favoured as a popular gem in Victorian jewellery. As with many precious stones, garnet has also been used throughout history for its medicinal powers. The stone was thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams and relieve fever amongst other things. Known as ‘the warrior’s stone’, garnet is a great protection stone believed to heal injuries and bring about peace and tranquillity. The red colour of the garnet suggests its connection to love and desire. In this sense it can be used to restore lost passion or enhance feelings of love, loyalty and commitment in a relationship. It is also believed to heal the broken bonds between separated lovers. Garnet is extremely useful for balancing the emotions, and it is believed that one of the garnets strongest virtues is to assist one overcome depression. Aiding you to let go of negative habits and thought processes, garnet alleviates emotional disharmony and strengthens your survival instinct. Garnet can boost your whole systems energy as it has a way of drawing negative energy from your chakras. Garnet is primarily associated with the root chakra, located in the base of your spine. This warm, bright stone has been a popular choice for birthstone jewellery for centuries. Wearing your birthstone set in jewellery or carrying it in your pocket can bring out your passion for life. They can also increase your personal magnetism, drawing that special someone towards you. Celebs including Miley Cyrus, Emma Stone and Keith Richards have all been spotted incorporating the garnet into their choice of jewellery. As this stone signifies eternal friendship, it is the perfect gift for a friend or loved one born this month. Psychic Light readers Aelissa, Paula, and Adam all work with crystals to bring you sincere and insightful readings, so don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about what January holds for you. If you or a loved one are going to be celebrating a birthday this January, Psychic Light would like to wish you a very happy and fulfilled day!