What is January Birthstone Color and Flower?

The warm birthstone color for January is deep red from January's birthstone garnet. The birth flowers for January are pretty carnations and white snowdrops which bloom in mid winter in the northern hemisphere.

January Birthstone Color - Deep Red

The January birthstone color of deep red comes from the January birthstone garnet of the deep red variety.

Garnet occurs in many colors but the deep red varieties are common, widespread and found on all continents. The types of garnet used in jewelry are andradite, almandine, grossular, spessartine and pyrope, with pyrope being the deep red variety commonly set in January birthstone jewelry.

The word garnet is derived from words meaning ‘deep red’ and ‘seed’, possibly linked to the crystal’s similarity in shape and color to red pomegranate seeds.

January Flowers and January Gemstone
January Birthday Digital Elements - by Chey Okota
January Birth Flowers - Carnation and Snowdrop
January Birthday Card with January birth flowers carnations and snowdrops, on deep red garnet background - by Blazing Star Studio

January Birth Flower - Carnation

The primary January flower is the carnation that flowers in the cool mid-winter month of January (northern hemisphere).

The carnation likely originated in the Mediterranean and its natural flower color is pinkish-purple. Nowadays there are a variety of colors of this popular flower which has been cultivated for the past 2000 years.

The carnation is the national flower for Spain, Monaco and Slovenia and the scarlet carnation is the state flower of Ohio, USA.

The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times associate carnations with fascination, distinction and love.

January Birth Flower - Snowdrop

The second birth flower for January is the snowdrop which flowers in winter in the northern hemisphere, even emerging through the snow. Snowdrops originated in Europe and the Middle East but have been introduced to many other parts of the world.

The botanical name for the common snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis.  This name is derived from Greek gala = milk and anthas = flower, and Latin nivalis = of snow.

January Flower Snowdrop
January flower snowdrops on january birthstone deep red garnet background - Print by Anne Appert