Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January's Birthstone - Garnet

No wonder the saying 'slower than molasses in January' is so true. You ever try and pour cold molasses? When I think January, I think cold, then I think garnets!

Garnet is January's birthstone as we all know, but did you know that garnets come in a range of colors? Here are examples of some. I found examples of all of these different garnets online. Click on the picture and it will take you to the site for more gemstone information.

Almandine - Deep, dark, rich red to purplish red to orange red (probably the most common)

Demantoid - Medium green to slightly yellowish green

Hessonite - Brilliant yellow to yellowish brown (one of my favorites)

Pyrope - Deep, dark, rich red to slightly purple red

Rhodolite - Shades of pink through reddish lavender (absolutely stunning)

Spessartite - Medium orange to reddish orange (sometimes called mandarin garnet and makes me stupid happy)

Tsavorite - Medium, intense green to slightly yellowish green (now ya know why emeralds are the alternate birthstone for January)

Uvarovite - Bright green (most of the examples I found for this garnet were all druzy's)

Now I know you are all wondering "Where can I get garnets?"

Rings & Things
Faceted Fan, Tip Drilled (Rhodolite Garnet)

Green Grossular Garnet Roundelles

Beadin Path
Garnet Graduated Faceted Marquis Briolettes

I know you have ideas running thru your head right now. Not only is garnet the birthstone for January, but garnets also represent romantic love and passion, making them perfect for your valentine!!


  1. My birthstone is ruby, but I always prefered the dark garnet red to the pinkish reds I kept seeing in ruby birthstone jewelry. It's one of my favorite stones. Thanks for the info on all the different kinds!

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  3. I have had a string of tsavorite green garnets for a yonk's age! Thanks for reminding me Tish. I really enjoyed the garnet info!