January's birthstone traces its roots to the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C., where Egyptian artisans would craft the gemstone into beads or
inlay them into hand-wrought jewelry. Garnet received its name from the ancient Greeks because the color reminded them of the "granatum," or pomegranate seed.
The versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colors, from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian demantoid and African tsavorite. -AGTA