You Say It’s Your Birthstone: Garnet for January
Garnet is a plentiful stone, most commonly found in a deep crimson and prized over the centuries as a symbol of affection.
Named after the Latin word for pomegranate seed (granatus), garnet is a stone steeped in legend. It has been a popular adornment for pharaohs and nobility. Noah’s ark was thought to have a garnet lantern to help guide its way, and Plato reputedly had his likeness carved in a garnet.
Because of its color, garnet is associated with blood and was thought to encourage good circulation. However, garnets come in a range of colors, including vibrant orange, purple, and green.
While they’ve enjoyed popularity for thousands of years, garnets were especially beloved in the 1500s through the 1800s when a huge deposit was discovered in Bohemia, now a region in the Czech Republic.
Garnet and White Sapphire Halo Oval Pendant in Sterling Silver