January’s Birthstone : The Garnet

Rhodolite Garnet Vine Ring
Moody and Fiery

Symbolizing romantic love and intimacy, the Garnet comes from the Latin word granatum which means ‘seed’ – fitting --  as the most well known color, the red Pyrope Garnet, traditionally matches the deep red of the Pomegranate seed.   Although red is the most commonly associated color, Garnet actually comes in a variety of hues – from the rosey wine of Rhodolite to the astonishingly vibrant greens of the Demantoid and Tsavorite Garnets to the brilliant orange Mandarin Garnet, along with a wide array of shades of other hues, as well as muted neutrals. 

Large Leaf Cluster Pendant with tsavorite garnets
The first reference to garnets as a valued gemstone can be found in historical documents over 5,000 years old.  Because of its deep scarlet shading, garnets in history were once associated with war and victory. Early explorers believed it would protect them from evil and disaster both on land and at sea. It was a prized talisman carried by warriors and everyday citizens hoping to ward off plague.  Garnet was placed in wounds and praised for healing powers, and It’s even said that Noah carried a Garnet lantern to aid him as he steered the Ark. 

Today the red garnet symbolizes love, passion, intimacy and loyalty.  A perfect fit for a January baby – as Capricorns are said to be romantic, loyal, sensitive and ambitious.

While January’s garnet is traditionally red, we think your birthstone should reflect YOU.  Just like your personality should sparkle with individualism, so should your jewelry.  Don’t be afraid to take a little liberty with convention and select a green, yellow, orange, or other colored garnet.   Hard to find?  Sometimes.  Contact us or stop into the studio to chat with us about what color you’d like. 

Gifting Garnet: It is customary to gift this gemstone on the 2nd and 40th wedding anniversary.

Origin: Garnets are mined all over the world.  Most commonly, Garnets are of Czech Republic, Greek, Russian, Tanzanian, Madagascan, Sri Lankan, or Indian origin. 

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