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January Birthstones

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January is the month for the star signs Capricorn and Aquarius. This month has a number of traditional birthstones attributed to it. These are:

Turquoise – taking its name from its color, this stone is the most valuable non-transparent gem in the jewelry trade. It has been mined by the ancient Egyptians since before 6000 BC. It was also a sacred stone for the Native Americans and the Tibetans. It is believed that this stone will enhance the wearer’s wisdom, judgment and spiritual and mental clarity. It is also said that turquoise promotes kindness, diplomacy and understanding.

Garnet- these are one of the world’s most ancient gems. It is said that garnets worn on the body bring strength and courage as well as good health. They can be found in a range of colors. These are several different types of garnet including Almondine, Demantoid, Pyrope and Uvorite.

Amethyst – this blue to purple stone is found predominantly in Zambia and is said to have a number of mystical powers including the ability to enhance the wearer’s business prowess and to protect from wild animals. One of the world’s largest cut amethysts weighs in at 343 carats and can be seen at the National History Museum in London.

Ruby – this classic gem stone is mostly known for its deep red color that symbolizes love and passion, though rubies are available in orange and pale red. Rubies have been mined for centuries and are among the most highly prized gems of the ancient Hindus. Rubies were considered to have magical powers and were worn by royalty to protect them from evil. It was believed to grow darker in color to denote the presence of danger provided it was in the hands of its rightful owner. Rubies also symbolize power and ancient tribes believed that a pot of water would boil instantly if a ruby was thrown into it.

Onyx – this is a form of quartz that has a smooth texture and a black color. Less commonly it may also have white bands against a black or brown background. Onyx was once believed to be a healing stone for diseases of the heart and kidneys, to reduce stress, restore sleep and improve eyesight. It is also said that onyx sharpens the wits and increases spiritual inspiration.

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