January Birthstone: The Allure of a Garnet Ring

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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THE BASICS --

A garnet ring is the perfect choice to say that you’re passionately in love. This beautiful semiprecious stone is most often a rich crimson, but you can find garnets in every shade of red and orange. There are also bright green garnets that look like emeralds and even rare blue garnets. Garnets are January’s birthstone, but no matter what month you were born in, a vintage garnet ring is beautiful and distinctive.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--

What is a Garnet?

Garnets are silicates (made of silicon and oxygen), plus other elements in different
combinations that give them their color. They occur mostly in crystals of various sizes, but sometimes also as grains within other stones. Garnets can be found in virtually every continent, but especially in eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Many vintage garnet engagement rings were made with garnets from Bohemia (present-day Czechoslovakia), so they’re sometimes called Bohemian garnets.

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Pros of a Garnet Ring:

Garnets are beautiful, sturdy, and affordable.

They symbolize love, passion, and life.

Garnets are almost as hard as quartz, so they’re durable.

Now that both traditional diamonds and colored stones are popular engagement rings, you can indulge your love of color with a rich, satisfying garnet.

Garnets have always been fashionable, so you have a range of styles to choose from for a vintage garnet rings.

 

Garnet Meaning:

The name garnet comes from the Greek for pomegranate, since most garnets come in bright red crystals about the size and color of a pomegranate seed. However, they can come in much larger stones, and it’s not unusual to find garnets of 50 carats or more. The strong bloodred color has deep symbolism in virtually every culture. Many people believe that garnets help protect your heart and help prevent bleeding disorders.

 

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Garnet Symbolism:

History Symbolism:

Bright red garnets symbolize love, of course! Because of their bloodred color, they also became associated with battle and in ancient and medieval history, kings and generals wore garnet rings and other garnet jewelry for luck in combat. Their rich reds also symbolize passion of all kinds, including love of life and the bonds of friendship.

Spritual Symbolism

Garnets have powerful spiritual symbolism as well. In Jewish beliefs, Noah used a huge garnet to help bring light into the ark, and in the Bible, one of the stones in the high priest’s breastplat was likely a garnet. (The Bible uses a general term for red stones, carbuncle, but historians believe it was a garnet.) In Christianity, they symbolize Jesus’ blood.

Heart Chakra Symbolism:

Garnets are associated with the heart and root chakras and some believe that wearing a garnet can help your heart and cardiovascular health and help prevent depression.

 

What to Look For in a Garnet Ring:

If your considering a garnet for your engagement ring, here are a few helpful hints before purchasing a garnet ring.

Color:

When you look at a garnet, the first thing you’ll notice is the vivid color. Garnets come in a range of colors, based on their chemical composition, though most garnets are red or orange. Almandine garnet (or almandite) is the most common type. These stones are usually bright red, sometimes with tints of other colors, especially brown, pink, or purple. Pyrope garnets are bright or dark red and tend to come in smaller stones. Spessartine is a lively orange garnet. Andradite garnets, including demantoid garnets, are a bright emerald green.

Metal:

Garnet engagement rings look good with any color metal. Yellow gold is the most common, but the darker reds, especially, are stunning set in white gold, platinum, or silver. Victorians and Edwardians often set garnets with pearls, since the brilliant red glow of the garnets and the soft sheen of pearls complement one another. They also often paired garnets and diamonds. If you like the brilliance of diamonds or want a traditional diamond engagement ring plus garnet’s stunning colors, this is another option for vintage garnet rings.

Wear and Tear:

While garnets are hard, a good setting will help protect the stone. Avoid sharp points, unless the metal setting protects them from hitting against other objects or getting caught on clothing.

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Vintage Garnet Rings For Everyone:

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. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Garnet Ring:

Antique rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of garnet rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

 

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