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Say Hello To January's Birthstone - Garnet

Joseph DeCristoforo

It's January and there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than paying homage to one of the most revered gemstones produced by mother earth. Garnets dazzle the visual senses as they are one of the few gemstones that spans a broad spectrum of colors. Click HERE to see our Garnet gemstones and jewelry.
Named for its likeness to pomegranate seeds, Garnet is best known for its shades of
Rhodolite Garnetred. This popular gem
stone is also available in a rainbow of colors from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Demantoid and Tsavorite. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite,  the subtle pinks and purples of Rhodolite, and the pinkish/yellowish/reddish/orange colors of Malaya. Because Garnets are hard, brilliant, singly refractive gemstones, and are available in startling array of rich colors, they are favorites to jewelers, fashionistas, and collectors.  Lively, bright colors usually command higher prices in better qualities of garnet that are typically eye-clean.  Rhodolite, particularly in its reddish colors, and Spessartine, in bright orange red, are uncommon and considered more valuable, with the most rare garnets recognized as Tsavorite and Demontoid.
Known as the gem of commitment, garnet has historically signified faith, friendship, Tsavorite Garnet
loyalty, and truthfulness.  Believed to calm anxiety, cheer the heart, encourage guidance and inspire creativity, garnet illuminates the bright disposition of those who wear it.  Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home.  Garnets are used to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of marriage.
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