Luxurious and fiery, there is no better way to warm up a January celebration than with a gorgeous garnet. This stunning gemstone is the traditional birthstone of January, but its beauty is a delight year-round.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is a Garnet?
Garnet, sometimes called carbuncle, is a silicate mineral most often associated with deep shades of red, but it can actually be far more colorful in orange, yellow, green, purple, pink, black, brown and blue hues. Some shades are so distinct that they have separate names that distinguish their color, such as rhodolite (rose-red), spessartite (orange or orange-red) and demantoid (green). Blue hues are the rarest and some of the most valuable garnet colors.
Spiritual Meanings of Garnet
Not only is garnet the traditional January birthstone, but it is also the state mineral of Connecticut and the state gemstone of Idaho. These stones have been prized for millennia for promoting security and stability, particularly while traveling, and garnets are said to improve compassion and self confidence while easing depression and safeguarding against bad dreams.
Because of their most common deep blood red hue, garnets have been associated with...
- Christ's sacrifice, and were a popular ornament and talisman during the Crusades.
- These gems are also associated with Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war, yet they have a softer side as well, and are thought to contain a rich sensual energy.
- In addition to its birthstone status, garnet is also traditionally associated with the second wedding anniversary and the Zodiac signs of Aquarius and Capricorn.
- It is also an alternative selection for the sixth and nineteenth wedding anniversaries.
Garnets are generally inclusion-free, though some distinct inclusions can actually add to the gem's value. A roiled or turbulent effect with a wavering quality gives the stones a shimmering appearance, and stones with distinct cat's eye inclusions or horsetail-like effects are often more valuable than plain gems.
These gemstones are widespread around the world, and are mined in many countries. The United States, Canada, China, India, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Germany, Poland and Brazil are all producers of garnets, along with many other nations that produce these gemstones in varying qualities.
Because garnets are widely available, they have been used in jewelry and ornamentation for thousands of years. Garnets have been found as inlays in carvings as old as 3800 BC, and they were very popular during the Roman Empire as well. In more modern eras, garnets had a resurgence in popularity during the Victorian era, and many Victorian rings and other jewelry pieces used garnets in seed-like patterns to create more elaborate arrangements.
While a beautiful garnet can be a stunning standalone gem, these rich stones are also lovely when paired with other accent stones.....
- Pearls and diamonds are popular to pair with garnets, either enhancing the rich luster of the garnet or adding more sparkle to the jewelry.
- While vintage pieces often put garnet in yellow gold settings, more modern settings in platinum and white gold give these timeless gems a sleek, updated look.
- These are versatile stones and are found not only in antique rings, but also as part of necklaces, pendants, tiaras, hair pins, bracelets and other gemstone jewelry.
Other January Birthstones
While many months have one traditional birthstone and several alternates to suit jewelry aficionados of different tastes, garnet is such a diverse stone with so many breathtaking possibilities that it is the only birthstone associated with January. But whether you're looking for a stunning stone for a birthday, anniversary, ringing in the new year, celebrating a promotion, creating a special engagement ring or for any other special occasion this month, garnet is the way to go.
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No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
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