January birthstone: Garnet
The name Garnet originates from the latin granatus, meaning "pomegranate" because of the red color.
Garnets have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones. Necklaces with red garnets adorned the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
Signet rings in ancient Rome featured garnet intaglios. The nobility of the Middle Ages had a preference for red garnets.
The garnets came from the historic mines in Bohemia and they
were extremely popular during the Victorian era (1837–1901).