The Jewelry Insider

January 14, 2010

Be sinfully stylish with this month’s gotta-have it birthstone jewel – gorgeous¬†garnet. From devilishly deep red to burning bronze make sure you start the year
in a blaze of voguish glory.

Egyptian Goddesses loved the rich vibrant colors of the stone and so will
your Goddess within. Garnets symbolize faith, truth and friendship so what
better way to say celebrate the birth of a January goddess than with the
lucisious fiery glimmer of spectacular garnet jewelry.

Garnet, the birthstone for January, is one of the most versatile stones on
the market. It comes in a rainbow of colors, from deep red to tangerine orange
to lime green to pale pink, as well as purple, gold and brown.

The name garnet most likely was derived from the pomegranate, a fruit whose
deep red-purple color resembles some varieties of garnet. Many ancient pieces of
garnet jewelry are studded with tiny red gems that look like a cluster of
pomegranate seeds.

Garnet
is found all over the world, including Africa, Australia, Eastern Europe, the
Middle East, North America, South America and Southeast Asia. There are garnets
that change color in different light, translucent green garnets that look like
jade, and garnets that display a faint four-rayed star. Even though this
exciting gem has been mined for thousands of years, new deposits have been found
in the last decade.

Throughout
history, garnets have been prized for their rich hues and supposed mystical
properties. The stone was a favorite of ancient Egyptian jewelry artisans.
Demantoid garnet was used lavishly by the Tsars of Russia. Travelers carried the
gem to protect them against accidents. The gem was thought to protect its wearer
from a range of ailments, ward off evil spirits, spark creativity and dispel
anger. The stones are also said to light up the night and protect their owners
from nightmares. Noah used a garnet lantern to navigate the Ark through 40 days
and nights of torrential rain.

 

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