It's January the beginning of a new year! The January Birthstone is the beautiful and vibrant Garnet. The Garnet is one of the oldest known gemstones, and ancient lore has the stone providing the only source of light on Noah’s Ark. Although the gemstone appears in a wide variety of colors and hues, the red Garnet deriving its name from the pomegranate has been the most popular and was widely used in Victorian Jewelry. So January ladies go forth and shine your light, you are in good royal company!