Ka (Family) Mon (Crest): The decorative designs of Japanese family crests are similar to the badges and coats of arms used in European heraldic tradition. Mon may have originated as fabric patterns to be used on clothes in order to distinguish individuals or signify membership in a specific family clan or military organization. By the twelfth century, these visual symbols were being implemented as a distinguishing feature, especially for use in battle, often seen on flags, tents, and equipment. Birth flower and birthstone designs inspired by these beautiful graphic emblems and traditional works of Japanese art offer the opportunity to collect and combine yours and your loved one’s individual history into a timeless cherished keepsake. The CG Ceremonial Kamon collection includes garnet jewelry, like crest rings, garnet earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Garnet is the birthstone for January.