The stunning dark red garnet is believed to protect from harm and promote good health and vitality. It is one of the few gemstones that’s been consistently assigned to a particular month and zodiac sign for hundreds of years, and probably longer. In ancient Ayurvedic practices, the garnet is associated with the sacral and solar plexus chakras and is credited with awakening creative energies. In western cultures, the garnet is associated with faith, eternity and truth. Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary.