V17_6January’s birthstone, garnet, is known in history as being the stone of protection during travel, a stone representing courage, and it also is representative of the 2nd year of marriage.

Can you remember the last time you did something that took courage? Maybe it was confronting an issue with a co-worker or family member. Maybe it was leaving home for the first time, or fighting a terrible disease. Maybe it was going back to the gym or saying no to a bad habit or traveling to a far away place.

Life requires courage. What a beautiful gift to give to someone who represents courage to you, or even needs a little extra courage this year.

Second to courage, the stone is also well known to be protective over travelers. There are many myths and legends surrounding the garnet. One Biblical legend is that Noah hung this gem on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God’s wrath.

The garnet continues to be the protective gem of journeyers. A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.Who do you know that is traveling in 2017 that could use a beautiful ‘best wishes’ travel gift?

This garnet stone is January’s birthstone, but far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.


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