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A pair of January birthstone earrings featuring bezel-set, trillion-cut garnets embellished with milgrain halos
January Birthstone:

Garnet

With its bold crimson glow, garnet—the January birthstone—shimmers with fire and warmth. Though best known for its red color, garnet comes in a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colors, including fiery oranges and yellows, mysterious purple tones, and even vivid green. As diverse as these radiant hues, we offer an array of options to help you find a stellar January birthstone gift for your special someone.
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A Treasured Symbol of Life

Garnet, derived from the Latin name, Granatus, is named for the stone’s aesthetic likeness to pomegranate seeds. In fact, Victorian garnet jewelry—with its distinctive design accented by settings of multiple stones—echoes the seed clusters of this fruit.

Garnet's Birthstone History

Records of garnets used as birthstones date back to the 15th century, but you can trace the garnet’s storied beginnings back further to Ancient Egypt. Pharaohs adorned themselves in necklaces studded with glistening garnets. Soon, other regions embraced the garnet. Ancient Romans believed that signet rings featuring garnet intaglios bestowed authority upon their wearers who used them to stamp wax on valuable documents.

The Jewel of Love and Faith

Known as the “Gem of Faith,” the majestic garnet gemstone is associated with prosperity, health, and peace. A symbol of love and commitment, it is the stone that celebrates a second wedding anniversary. In Indian astrology, garnet wards off depression and guilt, fostering self-confidence and clear-headedness to inspire creativity and inner tranquility. According to medieval legend, the garnet is the antidote for inflammatory diseases, also helping to appease hot tempers.

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Gifting Inspiration for the January Birthstone

If you wish to celebrate someone special—or even yourself!—with exquisite garnet jewelry, we offer stunning options for January birthstone gifts. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination and choose a piece of jewelry that will take their breath away.

For Your Significant Other

Set your love ablaze with a garnet engagement ring—the stone of love and faith makes an elegant alternative to a traditional diamond engagement ring. A fiery, garnet gemstone, either in a solitaire style on a delicate precious metal band, or framed by brilliant pavé round-set diamonds, will show the world who owns your heart.

For A Birthday

A gorgeous accent to any outfit, a pendant necklace customized with the January birthstone will stunningly elevate anyone’s look and become a new favorite in their jewelry collection. In round, oval, or heart shapes, a garnet pendant necklace serves as a beautiful token of your affection.

Gifts for Mom

For Mother’s Day, show your mom how much you cherish her with radiant garnet earrings. In a shape reminiscent of a flower, cushion-cut, trillion, or micro pavé, garnet floral stud earrings add a lovely touch of elegance to her style.

To Mark a Milestone

Commemorate a cherished person’s special achievement with an iconic piece of garnet jewelry. For your children or nieces and nephews, a garnet bracelet in a round rope or oval design, set in sparking sterling silver or as a stately garnet signet ring, make a gorgeous graduation present.

Keep Your Garnet Jewelry Looking Beautiful for a Lifetime

  • With a hardness ranging from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, garnets are durable enough for everyday wear, but should be treated
  • To keep your garnet jewelry gleaming for years to come, use a soft cloth to gently polish the stones to release any dust, dirt, or grime.
  • To clean your garnet jewelry, use mild soap and water, and take a soft toothbrush to carefully scrub the setting.
  • Thoroughly rinse your garnet jewelry and then pat dry with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Periodically, check all of your jewelry for weakened strings, loose settings and stone or metal damage.
  • We are happy to offer complimentary cleaning and repair services with your purchase. Learn more about how to care for gemstone jewelry in our guide.

Learn More About Gemstones

You can’t go wrong with the elegance of garnet jewelry—one of the many stunning gems that we offer. Learn about other gemstones and their jewelry options in our gemstone guide.

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