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January Birthstones Meaning and Uses

January Birthstones Meaning and Uses

What is so special about birthstones, and why are people very eager to know the birthstone that represents them?

I know several who make sure they stick to their birthstones every time they look for jewelry. I asked some of them why and they gave me interesting answers. One said that knowing your birthstone feels good because you can associate yourself with the pretty gem. Another mentioned healing properties and luck. I think it's fine to say that knowing what kind of birthstone jewelry represents, gives your sense of identity a little color. Besides, people believe that birthstones have some powerful healing effects on the wearer. Whatever the reason, it does not hurt to know what birthstone you have.

This time, we'll discover the beautiful January birthstones and their meanings and uses. If you are born in January, take some notes and give your birthstone a try. January birthstones feature the garnet (the most popular one), the red zircon, emerald, and serpentine stone. What could be best for you? Read on and discover your January birthstone meaning and uses!

EMERALD

♥ A little background

Of all the green colors in the world, nothing can ever beat the shade that the emerald holds. The luscious green tint of this precious gem is prized in the world, a strong factor why emeralds are in the expensive category. Emerald belongs to the four precious stones group that is also composed of diamond, ruby, and sapphire. Emerald is a famous gem, even in the ancients. Many royalties consider this precious stone a symbol of power and prestige; thus, the emerald-embellished rings and tiaras. Some tribes also see this stone as a holy gem. The Tibetan calendar considers the emerald as the official January birthstone. This gem with the captivating verdant green color is a favorite in the jewelry world.

♥ Interesting Facts

This gemstone, which can exceed the value of a diamond, has a history of being treasured. The fascinating green touch of the emerald is believed to stand for new beginnings and fresh starts. Emeralds, they say, symbolize everlasting greens of life, endless chances to start again. In India, a place where people kept in abundance, people believe that these prized gemstones bring a lot of good luck and deliver well-being to those who have possession of it. Religion also has high regard for the emerald since the Catholic and Islam faith both esteem the emerald stone. Emeralds are also associated with good luck, harmony, and elemental balance. The emerald's green color is closest to nature, and it is said that this stone brings the earth's favor to the wearer.

♥ Uses

The beauty of the perfect green in Emerald is a beauty that is so hard to resist, perhaps the very reason it earned its place as one of the most precious stones of today. The emerald stone is also a popular gem for unique engagement rings. A gorgeous emerald engagement ring was seen in the lovely hands of Zoe Saldana. Emeralds have such an appeal in the romantic scene because it is a symbol of never-ending love. Besides its romantic qualities, people believe that emerald is the perfect gemstone companion if you are starting over. If a friend just had a breakup or is moving, send her an emerald stone for good luck and smooth navigation. The emerald also helps revive a dwindling passion, a fading interest, and is an excellent emblem if you want to bring back someone to your life. Because it is believed that the emerald brings balance, this January birthstone's uses involve ways bringing harmony to the home, workplace, and relationships.

GARNET

♥ A little background

Garnet is the gemstone that is popularly accepted as the January birthstone. Although there are different January birthstones, only the garnet is considered the official January birthstone by the Italian, Roman, Russian, Hindu, and Arabic calendars. Although garnet comes in a variety of colors such as the Tsavorite green, garnet is most popular with its deep red color. This gemstone has existed for quite a while and can be traced back to the Egyptian civilization dating back to 3000 BC. Garnets are revered for their durable attributes; it is believed that this stone cannot easily be broken or chipped. The garnet came from the word "granted," or also known as "pomegranate" because of its deep red color.

♥ Interesting Facts

Garnets are believed to be a protection from nightmares and misfortunes. One of the factors that increase the value of garnet is that it is considered one of the most powerful talismans for gemstone owners. Travelers often benefit the most from owning a garnet stone, for it is strong protection from thieves; it gives guidance and direction when darkness sets in, increasing sensitivity from danger. One of the popular beliefs surrounding this January birthstone is that it helps in increasing self-esteem and a person's willpower. The greatest and perhaps the most known value of the garnet is that it symbolizes eternal friendships, loyalty, trust, and endurance.

♥ Uses

The garnet stone has gemstone attributes that make it a perfect gift for a special someone who is moving away. The garnet stone is known to symbolize eternal friendships, commitment, trust, loyalty, and devotion. When you give someone the garnet, it is believed that you are telling that person you have a deep belief that you will see each other once again. Garnets also bring a sense of calm and peace to persons having new starts. If your friend is about to start something big and scary, give her a garnet stone or garnet jewelry; it is famous as a calming, self-esteem-boosting stone.

RED ZIRCON

♥ A little background

The Zircon stone is one of the most popular stones in this modern time. Said to be one of the best and cheap alternative, zircon is a famous stone that comes in different colors. Its popular type is colorless zircon, a stone that is regarded as an alternative for diamonds. For a January birthstone, the dazzling red zircon takes center stage.

♥ Interesting facts

One of the most interesting facts about red zircon stone is the one that attributes this birthstone to the magical powers of the earth. Did you know that the red zircon stone is believed to be able to shield you from all the bad energies that could harm you? They say that having a red zircon makes you feel more positive, optimistic, and energized. The red zircon stone also helps you achieve your dreams as it helps in incorporating your goals and realities. During the ancient days, travelers used red zircon stone to fight off the evil spirits that followed them.

♥ Uses

Travelers love to carry zircon with them as it helps them feel welcomed in whatever place they visit. Toss a zircon to your friend who is going to settle in a new location. Moving into a new area can be tough sometimes, so send her a zircon so she won't have a hard time adjusting. What a great way to make your friend feel you still support and cheer her on despite the many miles between you.

SERPENTINE

♥ A little background

The Serpentine stone is one of the unique stones in the jewelry department. They are not as popular as the rubies or the emerald, but they hold as much beauty. The last January birthstone on our list is the serpentine stone. This gemstone got its name from its physical attributes that resemble a serpent. It is made up of green, intergrown crystals. The serpentine stone is considered as the official January birthstone in the Hindu calendar. There has been a debate as to what the serpentine stone stands for. Some say that the serpentine stone is the ruby, while some connect it to the emerald. Some, though, believe the serpentine stone is just as it is. With its cool undertone and unique look, this serpentine stone is a peculiar case of beauty.

♥ Interesting facts

Did you know that the serpentine has a fire-resistant attribute? This essential characteristic of this January birthstones was discovered in the 19th century; this precious stone was ultimately used a lot in materials and fabrics. The ancients held high regard for this stone. It was once believed that when poison comes into contact with a serpentine vessel, it breaks, thus, making people know which drinks are poisonous. The people of Ancient America, on the other hand, kept a serpentine as an amulet against invisible enemies. The serpentine also played a significant role in the field of medicine. People believed that gemstone helped in extending the healing time of medicines.

♥ Uses

You can wear it as a piece of birthstone jewelry, as a talisman, or just a fancy complement to any outfit, the serpentine jewelry has a vast aesthetic quality. But of course, aside from the beauty of the serpentine, this stone comes with significant uses. Those who believe in metaphysics say that the serpentine stone comes in handy when you need to unblock some of your chakra points—traveling in a snake-infested place? This serpentine stone, they say, holds power to protect the wearer from snake bites and other dangerous encounters. Physically, it also comes in great help; serpentine is also viewed as one of the best healing stones.

It's great to know what our birthstones are, for it helps us get a little help from our stones. If you are planning to buy birthstone jewelry, check out IceCarat's extensive collection of garnets, emerald, serpentine, and zircon. Don't sit there waiting. Keep sparkling, darlings.

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