January’s Birthstone: Garnet

As long as your favorite color isn’t blue, you’re in luck with garnet. January’s durable birthstone can be found in every other color, though it is most often associated with red. Prized for its beauty, the gemstone was also thought to contain many healing powers. Early cultures believed it would protect the wearer from poisons and wounds, stop bleeding, and cure depression. Today garnet is said to symbolize truth and faith, and is often given as a token of enduring love and friendship. Mystical powers or not, this versatile gem is sure to keep the blues away.