January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet is the birthstone for January as well as the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage. Interestingly, the name garnet refers to a family of different gemstones. Altogether there are at least 17 different varieties of garnet, but no gemstone that is simply called “garnet.” Garnets come in a variety of colors and have many different varieties. However, the most widely-known color of Garnet gemstones is dark red. When the term “Garnet” is used, it is usually connotative of the beautiful dark red stone, symbolizing peace, prosperity, ad good health.  Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health, and wealth.

Garnets are historically one of the most important of the colored gemstones, valued for their good hardness and excellent brilliance. Color tends to have a significant impact on a Garnet’s value. Darker shades generally tend to be less valuable than brighter colors. Garnets are fairly hard stones, extremely versatile and relatively easy to work with; they have good refractive properties, so an experienced jeweler can bring out the true brilliance of the stone. The shape of the Garnet rough crystal is rounded and also looks like the seeds of the pomegranate.


Garnet History and Folklore

Garnets were widely used by the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans primarily for jewelry although the stone was also seen as a protector of anyone wearing it. During the Middle Ages it was used as a remedy for the plague, or the Black Death, and inflammatory diseases. Garnets maintained their popularity and were used extensively for Bohemian jewelry in the 18Th and 19th centuries and remained in vogue during Victorian times as a keepsake between friends at parting.

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Victorian Egyptian Revival Scarab Garnet Diamond Ring (Image courtesy of 1stdibs)

January’s Birthstone

January’s rich red garnet birthstone makes a striking jewelry statement in timeless custom Garnet rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  J. Douglas Jewelers offers the highest quality products and specializes in custom designed jewelry. Our attention to detail, original designs, expert craftsmanship, and personal service will inspire you and invoke your trust. We custom design engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, rings, bracelets and almost anything you dream of. To discuss designing a custom piece of jewelry, please call us at (954) 972-1190.

J. Douglas Jewelers is a family owned and operated store located in the Promenade at Coconut Creek. J. Douglas Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of watches.