JANUARY BIRTHSTONE | GARNET
Garnet is the birthstone of January, the gemstone comes in every colour from Red to orange, yellow and vivid green. Red garnets have the longest history dating back to the Bronze Age (c. 3200–600 BC) where they were used as decorative gemstones and practical abrasives. Red garnet necklaces adorned the necks of pharaohs in Ancient Egypt and signet rings were worn by the Ancient Romans. Our love of garnet gemstones has not subsided thousands of years later.
Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. Some even called it the “Gem of Faith,” and it’s believed that to those who wear it and do good, more good will come. The garnet also symbolised deep and lasting friendship, the perfect stone to gift a friend.
When we look at different examples of garnet gemstones used in Victorian and Edwardian jewellery they are almost always of the deep red variety (Pyrope). Pictured above is an excellent example of a Victorian flat cut garnet necklace.