According to legend, Garnet gives its wearer guidance in night travel, wards off depression and promotes long-lasting love. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him steer through the dark night in his ark. Garnets are also found in jewelry from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.
Garnet: The Luminous Guide of Noah's Ark
Thanks to their rich color spectrum, garnets today can quite happily keep pace with changes of style and the color trends of fashion. The range of reds in garnet jewelry is quite impressive, but deep dark reds are our favorite. Also, note vintage garnet jewelry is making a strong comeback — and its allure in Victorian times is based on the metaphorical reference to love. Do check our estate garnet jewelry collection often, as each piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. Far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.
While Garnets come in many colors — green, red, blue, purple, pink and yellow — the red garnet is most popular in jewelry and the blue garnet is quite rare.
The rich red stones of the garnet mix well with gold and we love garnet jewelry with faceted stones and garnet beads make wonderful necklaces. Pair garnets with rose quartz for a warm palette, and the strong colors are especially compelling in a garnet necklace or garnet earrings.
Garnet, the birthstone of January. One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate explains why the word "garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus," meaning "grain" or "seed." This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent seed. More about colored gemstones. Garnet deposits are found in Africa, India, Russia, South America, China, Pakistan and the United States.
Garnet Jewelry Care & Handling
6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, garnets are rather hard but not brittle. Clean garnet jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Rinse the stone well after washing. For additional preservation, keep your garnets in your Ross-Simons presentation box when they are not in use.