There couldn’t be a better gemstone to kick off 2015. Sure, garnet being January’s birthstone is not about to change, but it’s particularly exceptional right now, given Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, which matches garnet at its most recognizable; that rusty, wine-like shade of red.
That aforementioned earthy red hue may be what comes to mind first when one thinks of garnet, or maybe not; the gesmtone comes in a wide variety of shades, like fiery orange, electric and nearly emerald green, yellow, and even purpleish pink. I’d go so far as to say tsavorite garnet ranks among one of my favorite stones now, its green shade so alluring. I’m not alone; 2014 saw notable use of tsavorite, and I’m excited to see what this new year will bring.
Pinspiration: Our Marsala Board on Pinterest
Garnet also happens to be the noted gift for second anniversaries. New marriages, take note! The gemstone said to symbolize purity, faithfulness, and truth, would make a beautiful gift to celebrate a marriage, and the stone is just as alluring in men’s jewelry as it is in women’s.
Did you know that garnet’s name is derived from the Greek word granatum, meaning pomegranate seed? I think it’s quite appropriate, as some of the stones really do look like the sweet little treats—so yummy! I’m calling it: January may be the month of garnet, but I think, in 2015, garnet will claim its year.
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