January birthstone Garnet
Going back over 5,000 years to the Bronze Age, the jewel we call garnet has a remarkably rich story about it. These garnet jewels are the only gemstones believed to contain protective and destructive powers. Crusaders from the Middle Ages set these gemstones of garnet into their armor, believing they would be protected from all evil. And in some Asian cultures, Garnets were added to bullets, believing it would add destructive power to the bullet. Biblical mythology says when God's wrath clouded the earth with endless storms during the great flood, a radiant red Garnet guided Noah and his ark to safety.
Garnet's powers include healing, strength, and protection and it is often worn to relieve inflammations of the skin. It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. In earlier times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to insure that they meet again. Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion. The information released in a search may be painful, but it will always be what the searcher needs. The Garnet will help everyone's security level and spiritual awareness.It can help increase the sex drive.
How Do I Care for my Garnet Jewelry?
One of the great things about garnets is that they don't require any special care! They are fairly resistant to chipping and scratching, don't change color with exposure to heat or light, and can safely be cleaned by any of the common jewelry-cleaning methods, including steam and ultrasound (though warm soapy water and a soft brush is recommended.