January Birthstone: Garnet And Its Varieties

For people born in the month of January, the party doesn’t end when the clock strikes 12 at the end of New Year’s Eve. Loyal, fun-loving, optimistic and generous; January borns are a precious lot. And guess what? There’s a stone to support their lively nature too! Its Garnet!

Rhodolite Garnet (Pear), Natural Cambodian Zircon Teardrop Earrings (with Push Back) in 14K Gold Overlay Sterling Silver
Rhodolite Garnet (Pear), Natural Cambodian Zircon Teardrop Earrings (with Push Back) in 14K Gold Overlay Sterling Silver

This spectacular looking stone got its name ‘garnet’ from the word ‘granatum’ which means pomegranate seed in Greek. Anyone can simply look at a specimen that has been carved and faceted in its most popular form (the red variety in a faceted oval cut) and easily decipher why it’s been given this moniker.

Apart from being utilized for its magnetic looks, Garnet has been extensively used since ancient times for spiritual purposes too. It is believed to have mystical powers that protect wearers from nightmares and travellers from mishaps or accidents. History experts also state that the gem is capable of fighting negativity and imbibing self-confidence.

Peacock Quartz (Ovl), Natural Cambodian Zircon and Tsavorite Garnet Earrings (with Push Back) in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver 7.500 Ct.
Peacock Quartz (Ovl), Natural Cambodian Zircon and Tsavorite Garnet Earrings (with Push Back) in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver 7.500 Ct.

Available in an array of colours, its deep pomegranate red variety (Mozambique Garnet, Rose Garnet and Rhodolite Garnet) is the most beloved of them all. The stone is also available in fresh and  vibrant looking green to yellowish-green hues seen in the Russian Demantoid, African Tsavorite and rare Mali varieties. The orange and brown coloured varieties such as Spessartite and Hessonite that are exclusively sourced from countries of South Asia and Africa will easily melt your heart!

Want to check out some of the types available at TJC? Here are some examples:

Mozambique Garnet

Mozambique Garnet (Ovl) Brass Bracelet (Size 6.5 - 9.5 Adjustable) 2.750 Ct.
Mozambique Garnet (Ovl) Brass Bracelet (Size 6.5 – 9.5 Adjustable) 2.750 Ct.

This gorgeous and rich classic red variety of Garnet is the “face” of this stone family. Mined in the gem-heaven land of Africa in Mozambique, the Garnets obtained here are usually Almandine Garnets or Pyrope Garnets. While both types exhibit similar colour with brownish-red to reddish-violet hues and pink undertones, Almandine gets its colour from traces of Iron Aluminium Silicate and Pyrope from Magnesium Aluminium Silicate.

Rhodolite Garnet

Designer Inspired - Rhodolite Garnet (Rnd) Bangle (Size 7.5) in Black Rhodium and Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver 8.750 Ct.
Designer Inspired – Rhodolite Garnet (Rnd) Bangle (Size 7.5) in Black Rhodium and Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver 8.750 Ct.

A form of hybrid stone, Rhodolite Garnet is the perfect blend of both Pyrope and Almandine Garnets. Its colour ranges from classic Ruby-red to deep reddish-purple. This burgundy colour often makes people confuse it with Ruby and hence, makes it a sought after gem.

Tsavorite Garnet

Extremely Rare 0.75 Ct AA Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond Halo Ring in 9K Gold
Extremely Rare 0.75 Ct AA Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond Halo Ring in 9K Gold

Tsavorite Is a mesmerising and rare variety of Garnet that displays a fantastic combination of greens and yellows. This unique colour is the result of the presence of trace elements like chrome. The charming bright-green beauty is one of the most valuable forms of Garnet positioned second to only one other variety – Mali Garnet.

Rare Mali Garnet

Extremely Rare AAA Mali Garnet (Rnd 10mm) Beads Necklace (Size 18) in Rhodium Overlay Sterling Silver with Magnetic Lock
Extremely Rare AAA Mali Garnet (Rnd 10mm) Beads Necklace (Size 18) in Rhodium Overlay Sterling Silver with Magnetic Lock

The rarest and most valuable amongst hybrid garnets, Mali Garnet is a mixture of Tsavorite and Andradite Garnet. Offering unrivalled lustre and dispersion, its unique patterns and opaque colours make it look like it has been hand-carved by the Universe from planets like Jupiter, Venus or even Pluto! No wonder it’s the rarest and revered form of Garnet.

TRIVIA TIME!

Did you know? Garnets are amongst the handful of stones that aren’t mined from underground reserves but found within small pebbles obtained from streams and others! Old water bodies with accumulations of igneous and metamorphic rocks containing the gorgeous crystal are the most ideal sources. These rocks are usually the ones that have weathered away over a period of decades exposing the unique crystalline form of Garnet from within. The top suppliers of this uncommon gem include countries like USA, Tanzania, Greece, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Russia and India.

Isn’t the Garnet family absolutely enthralling? We must say, people born in January are very lucky to be associated with this ravishing gem. Do not forget to check out our exclusive gallery  and collection of Garnet jewels that have been specially curated by expert designers and artists

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