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The January birthstone is Garnet. The word 'garnet' is derived from the Greek word 'granatum'. The meaning of granatum is 'seed of pomegranate'. It is because the stone resembles the pomegranate seeds in color (deep red) and shape. Generally, garnets are deep red in color, but they come in a variety of hues because of the different elements present in the stone.
The garnet is believed to bring good fortune to the wearer. It is supposed to protect a traveller. Hence, it was presented to someone going on a long journey in the olden days.
Garnet birthstone signifies loyalty, kinship and purity. The garnet is believed to remove negativity. If you wear your birthstone Garnet, it is supposed to bring these positive changes in you. You will have a strong spirit and amiable nature. You will stand up for the things you believe in. You will be self confident and persevere in whatever you do.