Unique Birthstone Jewelry
Garnet is the modern January birthstone and the gem designated
for the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. See other January
birth stones: Traditional, Contemporary,
Mystical, Ancient, Zodiac and Star signs.
There are no known enhancements for garnet, it occurs in
every color of the spectrum, except blue. Any of these colors
is permissible to wear as the January birthstone.
The name Garnet appears to originate with the Latin granatum
malum which means pomegranate. Pomegranate is the name of
the bush which produces a red fruit with seeds. Jewelry made
with garnet has been found as early as the Bronze Age (3000
BC) in burial sites. It is thought that early communities
valued garnet and believed that it offered protections in
Legends, Myths and Healing Properties:
During the Middle Ages primitive cultures believed that
the red stones would stop bleeding. Many early cultures believed
that garnets were helpful in preventing and curing blood disorders
Description: Deep, dark, rich red to purplish
red to orange red (the more valuable Almandines are less
orange and brown in color).
Sources: Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri
Lanka, U.S. in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Arkansas
Description: Medium green to slightly yellowish
green. Rare and valuable, sought after by gem collectors.
Sources: Italy, Korea, Russia, Zaire.
Description: The hessonite garnet from Sri
Lanka varies in color from a brilliant yellow to yellowish
Sources: Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania.
Description: Deep, dark, rich red to slightly
Sources: Australia, Czechoslovakia, South
Africa - Zimbabwe and Mozambique. United States produces
a highly saturated dark red almandine/pyrope garnet.
Description: Shades of pink through reddish
Sources: Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Description: Medium orange to reddish orange.
Sources: Brazil, Namibia, Pakistan, Sri
Lanka, US. Spessartite is found in Europe with the main
source of these deposits found in Bavaria, Germany.
Description: Medium, intense green to slightly
yellowish green. Rare and valuable.
Sources: Tsavorite is found in Kenya around
the Tsavo National Park area. The jewelry company, Tiffany
and Company imported tsavorite from Tanzania.
Description: Bright green. This green-colored
garnet occurs in fine crystal clusters. This form
is sometimes referred to as drusy because of the tiny
Sources: Uvarovite was discovered in Russia
and was named for a Russian nobleman by the name of Sergei