Welcome to the New Year! As we finish up the month of January, it is the perfect time to look at this month’s birthstone, the garnet. Known for its deep red hue and enduring allure, garnet is more than just a beautiful gemstone; it’s a symbol of passion, protection, and prosperity.
Garnet has been cherished for millennia, not just for its beauty, but also for its perceived powers. The name ‘garnet’ comes from the medieval Latin word ‘granatus,’ meaning pomegranate, due to its resemblance to the fruit’s red seeds. Historically, garnets have been found in jewelry dating back to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt and the noble classes of ancient Rome.
Throughout history, garnet has been associated with a range of myths and legends. It is believed to have protective powers, particularly in the context of travel. Ancient travelers would carry garnets to safeguard themselves against accidents and disasters. Garnet is also often associated with love, passion, and the heart. It’s said to aid in healing emotional wounds and bringing warmth to relationships; quite fitting as we approach the month of ‘love.’
Shades of Garnet
While the classic garnet is known for its rich, deep red color, it’s fascinating to know that garnets come in a wide range of colors. From the vibrant greens of Tsavorite and Demantoid to the subtle oranges and pinks of Spessartine and Rhodalite, garnets can suit a variety of tastes and styles. Each variety has its unique charm and metaphysical properties, making garnets a versatile choice for jewelry.
The Garnet in Modern Jewelry
We take pride in showcasing a diverse range of gems that celebrates versatility and splendor. From elegant garnet studs that add a subtle touch of glamour to your everyday look, to statement garnet necklaces that are perfect for special occasions, there is something for everyone.
Garnet’s hardness makes it suitable for all types of jewelry, and its affordability compared to other gemstones like rubies, makes it an excellent choice for those looking for luxury on a budget. Whether set in gold, silver, or platinum, garnet jewelry stands out for its rich color and timeless appeal.
With its deep red essence and rich history, the garnet is more than just a birthstone for those born in January. It’s a gemstone that carries the weight of history, the warmth of passion, and the brightness of beauty. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a January birthday, an anniversary, or simply want to treat someone this coming month for Valentine’s Day, a garnet piece is a perfect choice.
Visit either our Woodbury or Lake City locations to explore our garnet collections. Let’s start the year with a sparkle!