Garnet is the birthstone for January!
Metaphysical Goodness of garnet beads: Perhaps the strongest virtue of the garnet, is its ability to help one overcome depression. This gemstone has been known to dissolve ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer positive, and bypasses resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. It aids in letting go of useless or old ideas. Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passionate as appropriate. It removes inhibitions, taboos, anger and discord. It alleviates emotional disharmony, brings on a calming influence, and protects the wearer from being affected by the unwanted energy of others. Garnets are thought to be very helpful for those battling addictions. It strengthens the survival instinct in a crisis, or in extremely traumatic situations, bringing courage and hope where it seems like there is no way out. All in all, the stone keeps depression at bay. It promotes self-confidence and allows one’s inner spirit to radiate. Garnets are also said to balance the sex drive.