If you’re looking for the perfect birthday jewellery in the UK for someone who’s born in January you should consider buying a piece that includes garnets, because this gem is the birthstone for those born at this time of year.
We thought it would be interesting to delve into the history of the gemstone and the lore associated with it.
According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), garnets have been used as gemstones since the Bronze Age and even featured in some of the jewellery worn by pharaohs in Ancient Egypt.
The organisation also noted that the stone’s name comes from the Latin word granatus, which means pomegranate, and in the case of garnets, refers to the stone’s vibrant red colour.
The GIA also revealed that, in Indian astrology, garnet is believed to eliminate negative feelings, such as guilt and depression, and can instill a greater sense of self-confidence in the wearer. It’s also believed to promote creative thinking, peace of mind and mental clarity.
As the International Gem Society points out, garnets come in several species and what makes all of these gems garnets is the fact that they have the same crystal structure and similar properties.
Although garnets are traditionally considered to be red gems, there are varieties of garnet in a range of colours, including orange shades and even greens.
The organisation also noted that, while garnets are pretty tough gems, they can be heat sensitive, so it’s best to avoid exposing them to extreme heat.
We have a selection of garnet jewellery available, ranging from rings and earrings to delicate pendants.