Happy Birthday to all the January babies out there! Here's a little bit about your birthstone: Garnet.
Garnet has a long history in jewelry and has been prized as an ornamental jewel, worn for centuries as a protective and powerful talisman. It is the "carbuncle" of ancients. The carbuncle was thought to be one of the four precious stones to be given to King Solomon by God. Garnets decorated the throats of Egyptians and were entombed for prized possessions in their afterlife. Garnet adorned the wrists and shoulders of ancient Greeks, were used as signet rings in ancient Rome and were cherished and respected by many kings.
Did you know that garnets are available in a variety of hues other than the well known dark beauties seen in the cabochons and rose cuts of the Victorian Era? A few examples of their beautiful colors are the fiery red Pyrope, the seductive raspberry Rhodolite, the vibrant orange Spessartine, and several green varieties such as Demantoid, Tsavorite, and Mint.
I happen to have all of these examples on display in loose gems or in finished jewelry in the cases at my gallery. I love reintroducing a collector to their birthstone by showing them a lesser known color or style. Recently, I've seen a resurgence in the popularity of Garnet. Their popularity could be because they are affordable, durable, and readily available, but whatever the reason, I'm glad collectors are asking for them again!
Garnet is thought to balance energy, bring serenity, and inspire love. Consider this a lucky stone for love, success, and business.
Enjoy your birthstone, January! May it bring you all of these qualities and more.