The arrival of January marks the introduction of a new birthstone: the garnet. Garnets are known for their rich history, vibrant colors, and durability, making them the perfect stone to celebrate the New Year!
The word garnet is derived from the Latin word garanatus, which means seedlike. It is believed the garnet received this name because the small red stones look very similar to pomegranate seeds. Garnets have been popular throughout history. Garnets were even found decorating a man’s necklace in a grave dating back to 3,000 B.C. Garnets have been found adorning ancient Egyptian pharaohs and the stone became incredibly popular during the Victorian period in England.
Garnet is one of the most plentiful stones, as it is found in generous quantities all across the globe. While typically recognized for its dark, fiery red appearance, garnets actually come in a wide range of colors and lusters. This is because the name garnet describes a large group of silicate minerals with similar cubic crystal structures and chemical compositions. A flawless, clear green garnet is one of the most expensive gems in existence because of its rarity. Garnet is quite durable, as it has a hardness rating of 7 to 7.5. Depending on its characteristics, garnets can cost between $40 and $5,000 per carat.
Throughout history, the garnet has been revered as a symbol of protection, health, and love. The Greeks believed it guarded young children from drowning, and in medieval times, the garnet was said to cure liver disease and depression. Because of its deep red color, traditional folklore draws a connection between the garnet and the blood, stating that a garnet soothes an angry heart and brings the wearer circulatory health. Since ancient times, the garnet has been a symbol of friendship, often exchanged between parting friends to represent their affection.
Since garnets are so versatile, our jewelers are able to make many exquisite products with them. Plus, the wide spectrum of colors ensures that no two pieces of garnet jewelry are exactly alike! We have Hessonite, Spessartite, Almandine, Rhodolite, Tsavorite, and Grape garnets in stock.