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Welcome January With a Rainbow of Garnet


At one time it may have seemed rare to find anyone claiming garnet as their favorite stone (it can be tough to compete with the likes of opal and tourmaline), but January’s birthstone is chock-full of surprises.

Take, for instance, garnet’s most abundant hues: sometimes a rusty brown-red, other times a sweet cranberry—appealing on many levels, though not as universally pleasing as a genial shade of blue.

But with the rise of interest in vintage and antique jewelry, a thirst for garnet comes too. Rich with history, the gem in its common red has noted appearances dating back to ancient Egypt and Rome (today’s antiques hunters won’t come across many items from that time period, but Victorian jewelry is a prime era for garnet).

Ashley Zhang garnet ring
English ring in 18k yellow gold with garnets and diamonds, $825; Ashley Zhang
Lagos garnet gold bead bracelet
Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with garnet beads, $475; Lagos
Tresor garnet ring
Round ring in 18k yellow gold with 8.06 cts. t.w. garnets, $550; Trésor
Alison Nagasue bee ring
Bee ring in 18k green gold with rhodolite garnet, $2,900; Alison Nagasue
ITA garnet ring
Coa ring in 14k yellow gold with garnets and champagne diamonds, $3,250; ITA

So popular is garnet’s red (its name originates from the Latin granatus, which means “pomegranate”) that it might surprise the average consumer to know they could nearly make a rainbow with all of the colors the stone has to offer.

Assael garnet earrings
Earrings in platinum with cultured Tahitian pearls, 153 cts. t.w. color-change garnets, and 2.36 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Assael
Jilly Bijou Otto ring
Otto ring in 14k rose gold with baguette-cut rhodolite garnets, $2,275; Jolly Bijou
Sanaz Doost sunset pendant
Sunset pendant in 18k yellow gold with natural red and orange garnets, $1,970; Sanaz Doost
Rush Strata garnet ring
Strata ring in 18k yellow gold with Malayan garnets, $2,500; Rush Jewelry Design
Naomi Tracz garnet teardrop
Teardrop pendant in sterling silver with tsavorite garnet, £290 ($350); Naomi Tracz
Melissa Kaye Lola ring
Lola triple ring in 18k yellow gold with 2.07 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets and 1.6 cts. t.w. diamonds, $11,050; Melissa Kaye
Rahaminov tsavorite ring
Triple Threat ring in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 9.69 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, price on request; Rahaminov

For those who do gravitate toward cooler colors, tsavorite is an irresistible, piercing shade of green. Equally irresistible and rarer is the demantoid, a springy variation of garnet that skews to the lighter side of green.

Kelty Pelechytik spessartine Bombe ring
Bombé ring in 18k yellow gold with 2 ct. spessartite garnet, orange-peach sapphires, custom-cut half-moon, and brilliant diamonds, $6,920; Kelty Pelechytik
Andrew Geoghegan mandarin garnet ring
Cannelé cabochon ring in 18k yellow gold with mandarin garnet and diamonds, $2,800; Andrew Geoghegan
Emily Kuvin garnet ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 2.02 ct. mandarin garnet, $3,700; Emily Kuvin
Gemella Jumbo Sweetheart ring
Jumbo Sweetheart ring in 18k yellow gold with 2.5 ct. mandarin garnet and 1.25 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Gemella

Then there’s spessartite—orange—and take note of the current belle of the ball, rhodolite, an excellent display of Pantone’s Viva Magenta that promises to be lively through 2023 and beyond.

Chroma G St garnet ring
Namibia toi et moi ring in 18k yellow gold with Malaya garnet and topaz, $4,995; Chroma by G. St
Brilliant Earth Revelry ring
Revelry ring in 18k yellow gold with emerald-cut garnet and 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,190; Brilliant Earth
Retrouvai Impetus garnet ring
Impetus interlocking puzzle ring in 14k yellow gold with heart-shape garnet, $8,430; Retrouvaí
Briony Raymond garnet Sloane ring
Sloane ring in 18k yellow gold with 9.5 ct. heart-shape garnet and 0.85 ct. t.w. diamonds, $16,500; Briony Raymond

Those born in January may have to contend with the post-holiday slump and often chilly weather, but they certainly have it all when it comes to their birthstone.

Top: Ava one-of-a-kind ring in 18k rose gold with 1.57 ct. rhodolite garnet and 0.26 ct. t.w. tanzanite, $3,050; Laura Gallon

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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