Garnet Jewelry - The Traditional Birthstone of January, Garnet is associated with the root, or red chakra. As a gift it is a symbol of happiness and loyalty. Garnet invokes and releases ones creative ability and inner fire. It was said that Noah guided the ark by the light of a garnet lantern during the Great Flood. Thus, Garnet has long been considered insurance for travelers against misfortune, useful in warding off bad dreams, and as protection from theft. The stone is thought to attract love and soul mates and to enhance creativity.