The birthstone for January; The Garnet

The name Garnet is derived from 'Garanatus' which means 'seedlike' in Latin, referring to the pomegranate which it strongly resembles. Garnets are mined in a wide array of colours from the deep red Bohemian Garnet and the ever so vibrant greens of the Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite to browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron.

It is quite a durable stone, rating 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness and it is one of the few untreated gems left today. Garnets are found in India, Africa, Russia, South America, United States of America and Pakistan.

How you can make Garnet work for you

Legend has it that Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travellers to protect them against accidents when they are away from home. They are also said to symbolise a deep and everlasting friendship, making them an ideal gift for those not only born in January.

The Garnet stone can help you use your charisma to achieve what you want, and it can give you the inspiration and vitality to work consistently for what you want and turn negative energies into positive ones.

The gemstone is believed to have healing properties when it comes to the cardiovascular; it can work to normalise blood pressure and regulate internal rhythms.

As it is known as the stone of health, unsurprisingly it is used for detoxification and purification of the blood, aiding the heart and lungs as well as revitalising and regenerating the body's metabolic functions.

The stone is a symbol of peace, prosperity and good health; all the things we toast when seeing in the new year.