A new year with new resolutions... and if you're thinking of a romantic resolution, Garnet is your gem. The official birthstone for January, traditional garnets have a deep, seductive red hue that chants, "You know you love me!"
You might be interested to know that Garnets not only come in red, but also in orange, pink, yellow, black, and green. The rarest garnet is actually blue, originally found in Madagascar. This type of Garnet contains high amounts of vanadium, which makes the stone change its color from blue to purple when placed in incandescent light.
No matter the color, Garnets are truly the stones of romantic love. They enhance sensuality and intimacy, and will attract a new lover or restore passion to current relationships. Garnets will also increase self-confidence, popularity, and boost energy levels. Garnets are known bring success not only in love, but also in business endeavors.
Garnets will help to alleviate symptoms related to diseases of the blood and circulatory systems. Red Garnets are associated with the spleen and thyroid, and can provide assistance with cleansing and purifying the body.
Garnets are also known as "mirror" stones, which means they will not absorb negative energies, but instead reflect them back to their origin. A good tool to have when dealing with someone bad-natured or vengeful.
Gorgeous Garnets not your thing? An alternative birthstone for January is the Emerald, also a stone of love and romance. Additionally, Emerald is known to protect people during travel.