Garnet: January's Birthstone

January 16, 2015


GarnetWith its deep, lush red color, the garnet is one of nature's most brilliant creations. But, did you know that January's birthstone actually comes in a palette of colors? It's true. The garnet not only comes in the rich reds most commonly associated with the gem, but it be produced in vibrant greens, pinks, oranges, and even blues. As a result, those looking for the perfect piece of jewelry have a kaleidoscope of colors to choose from for their January birthstone piece. As such, we know this special gem inside and out. Here are some additional things you might be surprised to learn about the garnet.

The Garnet's Significance through History Throughout history, the red garnet has been held in highest regard. The ancient Egyptians so prized the gem that garnet necklaces were commonly buried with the Pharaohs. In fact, a necklace made of red garnet was recently uncovered in the tomb in Egypt that was dated at being more than 5,000 years old. According to ancient times, Egyptians also believed the stone to be an antidote for food poisoning and snake bites. During Rome's rise to power, signet rings featuring carved garnets were commonly worn by the regime's leaders. The rings, despite their regal beauty, were also functional – they were used to stamp the wax on private important documents so the stamp would bear the wearer's unique seal. In the Middle Ages, the red garnet would become the favored gem of both clergy and nobility. Many believe that the deep red color of the common garnet to be associated with blood, in particular the blood of Christ.

More Facts About the Garnet - The garnet gets its name from the Latin word, "granatum," which actually means "pomegranate." This makes sense as the red seeds of the fruit    can resemble tiny garnets. - Garnets are most commonly found in Africa, Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, and in the U.S. (mostly in Arizona). - According to legend, Noah hung a large garnet inside his ark as a source of light. - The garnet is considered by many Wiccans to provide guidance in the night and protection against nightmares. - The garnet is considered by many Theologians to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God. - Green garnet, also known as tsavorite, is the rarest color in the garnet family, and as a result, they were most prized by the Tsars of Russia. - In addition to being January's birthstone, the garnet is also the recognized anniversary gemstone for the second year of marriage.

Why are Garnets So Popular in Custom Jewelry? Garnets are one of the most popular choices in custom jewelry primarily because they are brightly colored and feature a dazzling amount of fire. They can be cut and fashioned into a variety of sizes and shapes, allowing for greater creative opportunities and options for the jeweler. Plus, red garnets are considerably more affordable than many other types of precious gems, thus allowing the piece to deliver maximum impact at an affordable price. Because green garnets are rare and are most likely to feature horsetail inclusions, they tend to be priced significantly higher than the red varieties.

Get Custom Garnet Jewelry at Spectrum Fine Jewelry Store in Wilmington NC Spectrum Fine Jewelry Store in Wilmington NC is where you want to go for brilliantly-crafted garnet jewelry. Our master jewelers and gemologists create fully-customized pieces for our clients. Whether you're celebrating a January birthday, a second wedding anniversary, or you just want to give someone a beautiful and unique piece of wearable art, just call us today at 910-256-2323 to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with one of our master jewelers. Spectrum Fine Jewelry is also your go-to resource for jewelry repair in Wilmington NC. If you have a piece that needs cleaned or repaired, just stop by our store and we'll be happy to help.




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