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Jewelry Background - January Birthstone - The Garnet Jewelry gifts can be difficult to decide on, but one good idea is always birthstones. In this article I will focus on the birthstone for January, the Garnet. History of the Garnet: Garnets have been used in jewelry and other decorative purposes for centuries, as far back as 3100 BC when garnets were used in fine jewelry for the Pharaohs of Egypt and were buried along with them in their tombs. Cut garnets have been found on ancient Roman signet rings and were popular in the Middle Ages with clergy and the wealthy. Around 1600 AD Czechoslovakian garnets became popular in Victorian England, a popularity that has lasted well into modern times. Red Garnets are still the most popular, however green and orange have seen increased interest. The name "garnet" comes from the Latin 'granatus', meaning "grain." It may also come from the word pomegranate because some garnets look similar to pomegranate seeds. Garnets are commonly found in shades of red and purplish-red (pyrope, almandite), oranges (spessartite, hessonite), yellows (andradite, hessonite, grossularite), and greens (andradite, grossularite, tsavorite, uvarovite). Grossularite garnets show the widest color range of all garnets, with various shades of yellow, orange, reds, and greens. The highest quality gemstone garnets are typically mined in Rajasthan. Some types of garnet make excellent abrasives, for use in machining and water jet cutting applications. The garnet is ground into a powder and mixed with the water to aid in cutting. Garnets as are gemstones appropriate for necklaces, bracelets, rings and other types of fine Jewelry. Click Here to Fine Out More About Birthstones and Birthstone Jewelry