What is January Birthstone Color and Flower?

The January Birthstone Color is Deep Red

The January Birth Flower is the Carnation

The January Birthstone is Garnet

January Flowers and Gemstone
January Birthday Digital Elements - by Chey Okota
Garnet Tree of Life Pendant
Garnet Tree of Life Pendant - by Phoenix Fire Designs

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 and widespread on all continents. The types of garnet used in jewelry are andradite, almandine, grossular, spessartine and pyrope.

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 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 Flowers - Carnation and Snowdrop
January Birthday Card with Birth Flowers - by Blazing Star Studio
January Flower Snowdrop
January Snowdrops Flower Print - by Anne Appert

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.