Garnet - January

Watercolour garnet gemstone


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You are known to be;

Ambitious ♦ Hardworking ♦ Organised ♦ Loyal ♦ Attentive ♦ Sensitive

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January Birthstone ♦ 2nd Anniversary ♦ Tuesday Daystone ♦ Zodiac sign associations for Capricorn and Aquarius ♦ Planet association is Mars ♦ Fire Element


Comes in pretty much every colour but blue ♦ Isometric crystal system ♦ 6.5 - 7.5 on Mohs' hardness scale ♦ Transparent to opaque ♦ Vitreous luster

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Purple is crown ♦ green is heart ♦ yellow is solar plexus ♦ orange is sacral ♦ red is root ♦ Brings balance, revitalise energy and bring joy/hope.


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A story of how Garnet became a symbol of love..

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Zeus was known as the god of war and thunder while Demeter was known as the peaceful and loving goddess of nature. It was her love for the Earth that led it to blossom. During the early days of the gods and goddesses, the world only experienced one season - sun and rain all year long.

Our story starts on a beautiful sunny day...

Persephone and Demeter on a nice sunny day

Persephone was fond of picking flowers and often went out with her mother, her friends or on her own. Whilst unbeknown to her, Hades, brother to Zeus and God of the Underworld, watched her longingly.

His love for Persephone grew so deep that he finally confided in his brother, Zeus, and asked for her hand in marriage. But they both knew that Demeter would not condone such a match.

Hades pines for Persephone alone in the Underworld

A plan was hatched.

Flowers of immense beauty were planted and they lured Persephone to them and there she was kidnapped and taken into the underworld by Hades.

It all happened so fast that she barely had time to cry out and none witnessed the abduction, or if they had, they feared the wrath of the Gods and never admitted the sight.

When Demeter finally figured out what had happened, she became angry and refused to pour her love on the Earth which became cold and barren.

Thus winter was born.

Demeter cries and the world turns to winter

Over time Persephone grew to love Hades but she never ate anything as eating something offered by your captor meant that you belonged to them.

Eventually, seeing mankind's destruction, Zeus spoke to Hades asking to return her to her mother and thus end the eternal winter and growing famine.

Hades and Persephone happy in the Underworld

Hades had to agree to Persephone leaving him but he loved his wife desperately, and again, he offered her food. This time a Pomegranate. Persephone, seeing the grief in his eyes and wanting to make him happy, ate 4 of the seeds knowing that this meant that she was bound to Hades for 4 months of the year.

Thus the seasons were born... And Persephone became known as the Goddess of Spring. For during her time with Hades, her mother grieved and brought the winter. When Persephone returned to Demeter, the cold retreated and the earth slowly became fertile again, a new season to bridge between winter and summer. Her mother's love would feed the earth until she started to sadden a few months later, knowing that her daughter would soon leave her, the leaves dropping from the trees as her tears flow and she says farewell once again until the next year.


Now our ancient Greeks understand how the seasons originated, and also understand many different types of love.

Garnet, with its deep red colour and often clustered crystal formation, has a resemblance to the seeds of pomegranate, hence the Latin origin of its name “granatus” meaning “seedlike”, or “granatum” meaning “pomegranate”.

These associations mean that even today Garnet is considered a gift of love. It is symbolic of parted lovers, often gifted before a long journey, and is also believed to heal broken bonds. It is supposed to help stabilise the connection between the spiritual and physical worlds, and help transition romantic love to a deeper commitment to each other.

I hope you enjoyed this story. It is a combination of many different versions, so I apologise to any experts that disagree with my interpretation. :0)  


Why not have a look in my shop. I have a nice selection of different types of Garnet right now, in mulberry reds, oranges and greens.

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Some garnets exhibit colour change. Though this is very rare, the casual observer may see changes from a bronze colour in dayligt to a rose pink under incandescent light. 

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Please enjoy our retelling of this tale and the fabulous artistry of Mika at kaleidoscopic who illustrated this story for our enjoyment.

And a huge thank you to Graphicbug for the watercolour gemstone images on each birthstone page. So talented!