Garnet is the traditional birthstone for the month of January, and is associated with legends regarding its connection with love, friendship, light, vitality, and protection. Garnet is also the stone that celebrates the 2nd wedding anniversary.
The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word garnet, meaning “dark red”. Garnets have long been considered symbols of love, with associations with the heart, blood, inner fire, and life force.
The stone has also come to stand for the safe return of a friend or loved one. Garnets were said to protect beloved travelers as they embark on a long journey. Garnets were exchanged as a promise they would stay safe in their travels and meet again.