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January Birthstone – Gorgeous Garnets

January birthstone garnet rings

Garnet is the birthstone for January babies, these gorgeous gemstones are one of the most interesting and diverse to work with as they come in such a large variety of colors.  Garnets symbolize love and inspire passion.  As well as being the birthstone for January, Garnets are the gemstone for your 2nd Wedding Anniversary and the Zodiac gemstone for Aries, Leo and Libra.

The variety and vibrance of the colors of these stones are why they are such a delight to work with.

Pyrope Garnet – these are the most popular of the red varieties, with that rich, juicy color that most people associate with garnets. The word pyrope derives from the Greek word for “fire-eyed”, in reference to the high refractive index of the stones.

tumbled natural garnet necklace, January birthstone

Spessatine Garnet – the color way for these babies are orange to orange-red in color. They have a high refractive index that gives them a luscious fire and brilliance, they literally glow.

Hessonite Garnet – these are  a unique variety of grossular garnet, in that it is an orange-brown color, rather than the typical green. Although sometimes confused with citrine or topaz, Hessonite garnets can be distinguished by their inclusions, which appear as curving areas of varying translucency.

spessatine garnet drop earrings, january birthstone

Color Change Garnet – these Garnets are pure magic, they change color depending on the light source.  The color change can be from greenish yellow to purplish red, or from blueish green to blueish purple (my favorite). This color characteristic is due to the combination of various mineral compositions of three or more garnet species.

Tsavorite – these are rich, almost fluorescent green colored garnet.

pave tsavorite earrings

 

There are many more variates of the versatile stone, I really do adore working with Garnets.  Click here to shop our Garnet jewels and keep an eye out for all the new pieces that are currently marinating in my mind.