January Birthstone: Garnet

Are you planning a special gift for an upcoming January birthday? Then consider investing in fine jewelry with garnet accents. The beautiful, red hued gemstone looks amazing for any occasion, from engagement rings to solitaire earrings, your unforgettable treasure is sure to delight. We at Royal Design Fine Jewelry are proud to provide the world’s most luxurious diamond and gemstone accessories for our clients in Atlanta, Georgia and around the country. Are you considering garnet jewelry for your next luxury gift or investment piece? Here is some fun and interesting information that can help you make your final decision. 

The History of Garnets

Garnets have been a favored gemstone since prehistoric times. They have been found in rings and other adornments as early as 3000 BC. These red, glittering gems got their name from the Latin term for seeds, Garanatus. It’s believed that the association was made because of their resemblance to pomegranate seeds. Their association with strength and virility made them a favorite of the Late Roman Empire and the migrating Saxons and Goths which overtook their territories after its decline. Czechoslovakia was one of the largest producers of garnets, making it a favorite decorative element in the castles, churches and clothing of the Bohemians. Garnets continued to remain popular amongst royalty in both Europe and Asia through the ages. Today, the stone is still known for its splendor and beauty, which is why the Garnet is the official mineral or gemstone of three US states including Connecticut, New York and Idaho. 

Fun Facts 

Do you want to know a few interesting facts about Garnets? Here are some fun stories that may shed some insight on the value that humanity has placed on this precious stone:

  • Plato once commissioned a portrait that was etched on the surface of a large garnet. 
  • Because of its association with the pomegranate, the Garnet shared the same symbolism of the delectable fruit. It became associated with love, passion, sensuality and fertility, making it a popular accessory of engagement rings, wedding bands and anniversary gifts. 
  • Garnets were used by ancient healers as a cure for diseases that effected the blood and heart. 
  • While red is the most abundant and popular color of Garnet, the stone can also be found in many other hues, from clear green to orange brown. 
  • The most abundant amounts of Garnet are found in the United States, South America, Madagascar, India, Russia and Pakistan. 

How to Take Care of Your Garnet Jewelry 

Garnet gemstones have a hardness ranging from 7 to 7.5, depending on the variety. Therefore, they are well known for their durability and longevity. Still, it is important for the wearer to be cautious. Never wear garnet stones when working with harsh chemicals, or during strenuous activities. When not in use, store jewelry safely in an airtight container where it is safe from corrosive materials and moisture. If the jewelry becomes dirty or damaged, schedule a professional repair and cleaning to avoid further problems. 

Need a Luxury Gift for Someone Born in January? Visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry

If you’re looking for dazzling garnet and diamond jewelry, then visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry store in Atlanta, Georgia. Our experienced jewelers are ready to help you find the perfect treasure. Do you live too far from the Atlanta area to visit in person? No problem. You can also browse our extensive online inventory from the comfort of your smart phone, laptop or tablet. 

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