January’s birthstone is garnet, famous for its rich crimson to red-brown blaze. Garnets are available in every shade of red and orange, from pale to deep hues. While less common, you can also find vintage green garnet jewelry. These gemstones resemble emeralds or peridots, depending on the shade of green. Learn more about the garnet the January birthstone, and find the perfect garnet ring for your loved one in our extensive curated collection.
About The January Birthstone
Garnets have always been fashionable – some of the earliest jewelry in history includes garnets – but especially popular in the late 1700s and early 1800s, in the Victorian period, and again in the 1940s and 50s. If you’re looking for a January birthstone ring, Victorian styles typically feature clusters of smaller garnets, while mid-century rings often feature a big emerald- or oval- cut garnet, by itself or accented with smaller stones.
January Birthstone Ring Designs
Garnets are popular for January birthstone rings, but are also a traditional stone for the second wedding anniversary. Garnets come from all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Russia, Tanzania, and the United States.
Beautiful Colors - There are several varieties of garnets, each with their own typical range of colors. Red garnets include almandine, andradite, pyrope, rhodolite, and spessartine. Green garnets include tsavorite. Tiny chemical differences account for this range of colors.
- Stunning Jewelry - The ancient Egyptians wore garnet jewelry, as did ancient Greeks and Romans. They wore garnet beads as well as stones set in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
- Famous History - Bohemian garnets refer to garnets from the Czech Republic, formerly known as Bohemia, rather than a type of garnet. They’re mostly pyrope garnets. 18th and 19th century women often owned entire sets of jewelry, called parures, all set with dozens or hundreds of these garnets.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring
Whether you’re looking for a birthday present, an anniversary gift, or something for yourself, garnets make stunning rings. To find the perfect January birthstone ring for the love of your life, explore our collection of garnet rings today.