Let New York’s gemstone
Illuminate the night and
Protect from the dark

Garnet is the birthstone for January and is considered to prevent the wearer from evil.  Ancient warriers believed garnets bought them victory which, given that they have been used as bullets, may well be true.  They come in a variety of colours although most commonly red.  It was designated as the state gem of New York in 1969, possibly because the world’s largest garnet mine is in the Adriondack Mountains of New York.  Apparently a garnet lantern was used by Noah to guide his ark.


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