Month of the Capricorn and Red Garnets
The birthstone for Capricorn is the Garnet. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Garnet is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Saturn with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem.
Garnet’s position as a birthstone for Capricorn is backed up by the fact that the gemstone is the birthstone in most ancient calendars for January, in which month Capricorn people are born. This Capricorn birthstone consists of a wide group of minerals that, while found in different colors, is most popularly known to be red. Red garnet is attributed with the power to enhance productivity, which is something that Capricorn people hold in high regard.
Garnet is an ancient gemstone which, in fact, is not a single stone but a variety of Silicate minerals. They are similar in metaphysical properties but vary in their chemical composition. Garnets are oldest stones that were widely used since Bronze Age, especially by the people of Egypt to ward off evil eyes. They used this gem as talisman and amulets which is still one of the prominent uses of Garnet in today’s time. It is a semi precious gemstone which acts as a protective shield against the evils. It is also popularly used as a healing crystal due to its properties of energy and balance. Among the varieties of Garnets, Almandine is the most commonly found while Demantoid is the rarest form of Garnet. Pyrope and Rhodolite are the forms which are quite common in the gem trade and the dark red color of Garnets is symbolic of this stone.