The month of January is named for the Roman God Janus, the god of beginnings, and endings, gates, transitions, doorways, and passages.And January’s birthstone is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors, but is best known for a rich red color. In fact the name garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, which means seed, because of the stone’s resemblance of pomegranate seeds. Legend has it that this stone can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. In ancient times it was used as a talisman for protection both by warriors going into battle and to those who wanted to ward off illness. With this interesting history, garnet jewelry is not just a wonderful gift for someone born in January, it is perfect for someone facing a new beginning or moving to a new home.
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