Garnet-January's Birthstone!

Most people assume that Red is the only color this January Birthstone can come in BUT this gemstones occurs in shades of green, red, yellow and orange (blue is not naturally found).  While red is the most recognizable of January's Garnet Birthstone, any of these varieties are acceptable to wear or give as a representation for January.
Famous Garnets? Noah was said to have a garnet lantern to guide him during the biblical flood. At the auction of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis at Sotheby's on April 24, 1996, a striking cabochon garnet flower brooch from the 19th century was sold for $145,000. In the same year a university student unearthed in central Australia what is believed to be the largest single garnet find ever. This giant rough is thought to weight thousands of tons and measures nearly a hundred feet across.

History? Garnets have been used for thousands of years. These gems are found in jewelry from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travelers wore Garnets for protection and to illuminate the night, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones.

These stones are vivid in color with a rich history that allows them to be used in virtually every piece you can imagine. Large or small, multiple or solitaire these stones are available in every price range for customers and collectors alike. Garnets are a fantastic alternative for when you are looking for a color stone rather that a specific stone type in your personal designs.

Stop by Bostonian Jewelers to see what we can create for your January piece or visit our website to learn more about what we offer.

Photo Credits: Loose Garnet Gemstones,  Restored Antique Ring: before and after, all design/repair was done at our Bostonian Jewelers Studio.