Garnet, January's Beautiful Birthstone
Garnet, January's birthstone, is a gorgeous gemstone available in many different colors and varieties. It is a beautiful, versatile jewel heavy with history and found in all shapes and sizes.
Garnet And Diamond Cluster Halo Engagement Ring
Garnet Colors and Varieties
Dark red pyrope garnet is the most common variety of garnet and the most historically famous. Joseph Jewelry also frequently works with rhodolite, spessartite, demantoid, and tsavorite, and the Mohs hardness score for all garnet is 6.5-7.5. The other types are less common but equally beautiful:
|Green||Demantoid, Hydrogrossular, Mali, Tsavorite, Uvarovite|
|Color Change (brownish-orange to rose-pink)||Spessartite, Pyrope|
Spessartite Garnet And Diamond Pendant
Custom Tsavorite And Diamond Engagement Ring
Rhodolite Stud Earrings
Demantoid Garnet Eternity Bracelet
History and Meaning
Garnet is one of the oldest known gemstones. Strands of garnet necklaces have been recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs and mummies, and that is only the beginning! In ancient Greece and Rome, garnet signet rings were used to seal documents in addition to garnishing jewelry centerpieces. The gem looked like a pomegranate seed when polished for ancient jewelry, which may have been the origin of the name "garnet". The Latin word for seed or grain is granatus from which eventually "garnet" was derived.
Across the globe, garnet has been a protective gemstone. Saxon and Celtic kings inlaid garnet in their armor, Native American healers used them as a poison antidote, King Solomon wore garnets into battle, and they were frequently carried by both Christians and Muslims in the Crusades. Because of its red color, garnets have been frequently associated with blood to increase circulation, inspire courage, and heal a broken heart. By the Middle Ages, the clergy considered garnets to be symbolic of Christ's blood. Throughout time, garnets would also be given between friends if one were embarking on a long journey so that they may return safely. Garnets have been carved with shapes and faces or set in clusters, like pomegranate seeds, in the Bohemian tradition.
Custom Diamond And Rhodolite Pendant
Anything can be designed with garnet! Whether you want it to be the centerpiece of your jewelry or just a tiny gem set on the inside of a wedding band, we can source the color and shape you'd like to incorporate.
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