The birthstone for January is the gemstone garnet. Garnet comes in a wide range of colors from red to purple to green, but red is by far the most common. In fact, the name garnet comes from the pomegranate because the stone’s rich red coloring bears a striking resemblance to pomegranate seeds.
What If I don’t Like Red Garnet?
Let’s face it, some people just aren’t big fans of red garnet. Luckily garnet comes in three other stunning colors.
Mandarin garnet is a radiant pure orange color and is highly sought after for its color and brilliance.
Tsavorite garnet offers stunning pure green hues and exceptional brilliance. When compared to emerald, tsavorite garnet outshines with superior color, clarity, and refractive index.
Lotus garnet is an exquisite pink color similar to morganite. Discovered in 2015, lotus garnet’s slight fluorescence can give it the appearance of color change when viewed in direct sunlight
As you can see, if red garnet isn’t your particular flavor, you’re sure to find something you’ll truly love by choosing one of these other colors.
Garnet is found all over the world including Wyoming, Greece, Russia, Madagascar, India, and many other locations.
This gorgeous gemstone has been used in jewelry for ages dating back to the Ancient Egyptians who referred to it as the symbol of life. Garnet was also very popular during the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, and Victorian Era.
Garnet is thought to open the heart, ignite love and passion, heighten creativity and inspiration, and promote joy. Garnet also signifies trust and affection. This symbolism makes garnet a fantastic romantic gift for your January birthday.
Garnet is also traditionally used to celebrate a second wedding anniversary.
If romance isn’t what you’re going for, garnet has also customarily been exchanged between friends to symbolize that they will one day meet again.
Garnet is a very durable gemstone and measures a 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale. This makes it an excellent choice for an everyday wear piece as it will be resistant to scratches, chips, and breaks.
Garnet looks stunning set as earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. Shop our wide selection of garnet pieces to find the perfect piece for your January birthday. If you're not finding something you love, one of our inhouse jewelry artists can craft a custom piece that will absolutely take your breath away.
More and more shoppers are buying their jewelry online, but shopping online poses its own unique challenges. Are the pictures you're seeing online of the actual piece you're purchasing? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is most often no, which can make online jewelry shopping all the more challenging.
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