January – Garnet
Garnet comes in many different colors. The name garnet is derived from the word pomegranate, because the deep red varieties of the gemstone resemble the seeds of the pomegranate fruits. A green variety, called tsavorite, was found in 1971 in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. Garnet is believed to bring a sense of calm when worn.
February – Amethyst
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. The ancient Greeks associated the mineral with Bacchus, the god of wine. It was believed that wearing amethyst would keep the drinker sober. Perhaps the modern sentiment, that amethyst brings power to the wearer, derives from this sense of being clearheaded.
March – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a blue to greenish blue variety of the mineral beryl. Its name is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water”, and marina, meaning “of the sea”. Crystals can grow quite large allowing the gem cutter to fashion sizable gems. It is believed to represent unity.