January's Birthstone - The Garnet

Happy New Year! We'd like to welcome our blog readers to another year of Alyssum Jewellery articles, and this year, as well as bringing you fun facts and trivia, style guides, and info about clip-on earrings, we'll be taking a monthly look at your magical birthstones. Let's kick off 2018 with a look at January's birthstone, the garnet.

About Garnet, the January Birthstone

What is a garnet?

Pomegranate Seeds

The garnet gemstone is found in a range of colours from orange to deep red, with rare specimens (grossular and hydrogrossular garnet) also being found in colourless and green. The variation in colours is dependent on the metal content in its make up, but the most common and famously known colour is deep red.

The name 'garnet' is from the latin 'granatum', meaning pomegranate, for the gemstone's resemblance to the fruit's colour and seeds.

Tiffany & Co.'s Gregorian Birthstone Poem, published in 1870, has this to say about January's birthstone ...