garnet

fidelity  .  loyalty  .  devotion

birthstone:  January
anniversary:  2nd, 19th

"Garanatus" means "seed-like" in Latin, and garnet got its name from its resemblance to the red jewel-like seeds of the pomegranate.  There are actually many colors of garnet, but red is the most popular.  Garnet's beauty and durability have been attracting people for thousands of years, and it was the most popular gemstone of Ancient Rome. 

Garnet is known as a stone of commitment.  It is believed to inspire a stable and monogamous marriage, and can help in finding a devoted lover.  Garnet is also an ancient symbol of friendship.  In the past, garnets were commonly exchanged between parting friends or lovers to ensure they would meet again.