Garnet is the January birthstone and the traditional gemstone gift for the 2nd wedding anniversary. Both Capricorns and Aquarians born in January share the Garnet as their birthstone. In celebration of January birthdays, we have assembled a special assortment of red bouquets.
Red garnets symbolize love and hope
The red garnet, when given as a gift, is a symbol of love and the hope that any travel significant others undertake will be safe and end with a quick return. The garnet is a token of a person's loyalty, friendship, and earnestness. It is supposed to be able to keep a traveler from peril and give the wearer excellent health.
The name Garnet appears to originate with the Latin granatum malum which means pomegranate. Pomegranate is the name of the tree which produces a legendary red prized fruit. Early communities valued garnet and believed that it offered protections in the afterlife. Most garnets have a color that closely resembles the fruit and red garnets sometimes look like pomegranate seeds.
Garnets have long been thought to have mystical powers by various cultures around the world. During the Middle Ages, primitive cultures believed that the red stones would stop a person's bleeding. Many early cultures believed that garnets were helpful in preventing and curing blood disorders and infections. In medieval times, soldiers felt that having a garnet on their person could prevent them from being wounded and bring about victory over enemies. The people of the Far East devised bullets made out of garnets thinking that these projectiles would cause even more harm than normal bullets would. Additionally, protection against such ills as poisons, fevers, inflammation, and other maladies was also thought to be contained in the gem.