The birthstone for January is a gemstone called garnet. It is dark red in appearance, and is often used to make beautifully jewelry. You can see garnets in the bracelet above, which is a detailed close-up of the jewelry Christina Hendricks wore to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last year. If you’re curious about the history of garnets, or are thinking about buying some garnet jewelry for someone with a birthday in January, read on to learn all about this fascinating and beautiful gemstone.
Garnet takes it’s name from the Greek word “granatum,” a reference to the little red seeds inside a pomegranate. Like a pomegranate, garnet gemstones often have a deep red hue. In some holistic teachings, people believe that garnet jewelry can enhance your sensuality, or help improve the health of the heart and lungs. Others believe that wearing a garnet will protect you from evil, or from harm while traveling.
While red garnet is the most common, garnet can come in other colors, with blue being among the most rare garnet colors. Garnet can also be green, yellow, or even orange. Garnet is the state mineral of Connecticut, as well as being the official state gemstone of both New York and Idaho.
Garnets are also a traditional gift to give to your wife on the occasion of your second wedding anniversary. If you want to buy a birthday gift for someone who was born in January, or are looking for a unique anniversary gift, here are some great deals on garnet jewelry.
1. Sterling Silver Garnet Pendant Necklace
You don’t have to go broke buying jewelry when you’re shopping for pieces with garnet in them. This fine sterling silver necklace is part of the Amazon Curated Collection. The pave-set pendant necklace features mined gemstones, which are unique and may vary from necklace to necklace. If you need a thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank, this is a great gift for anyone who loves garnets.
Price: $19 (73 percent off)
2. Merdia Natural Garnet Stretch Bracelet
Shopping for someone who prefers jewelry that’s a bit more raw and organic-looking? This beautiful bracelet from Merdia is on sale for 70 percent off. The bracelet easily stretches to fit over even the largest of wrists. The garnets are polished, but designed to look more natural than gemstones that have been cut to enhance their clarity.
Price: $11.90 (70 percent off)
3. 2 Carat Round Garnet Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
These beautiful earrings are about two carats in size, or about six millimeters. Their deep color will look great with practically any complexion or coloring, and they have just the right amount of sparkle. These are natural garnets, not ones created in a lab, which makes them even more special. These would make a great birthday gift, or even an anniversary gift.
Price: $14.99 (80 percent off)
4. Oval Garnet Pendant Necklace
Another Amazon Curated Collection design, this beautiful necklace is made from sterling silver and imported gemstones that have a minimum weight of 1.48 carats. This great necklace would be perfect paired with a garnet-red dress with a scoop neck, or even just some basic black.
Price: $19.38 (62 percent off)
5. Sterling Silver Garnet Lever Back Earrings and Pendant Necklace Set
Looking for a matched set of jewelry? This jewelry gift set features beautiful garnet pieces that definitely have some “wow factor.” The necklace and earrings feature garnets surrounded by white topaz, set in sterling silver. The earring dimensions are 1.1 inches x 0.36 inches. This makes a great gift for any fashionable woman who loves the finer things in life, and yet the price tag won’t make you cringe.
Price: $54.32 (57 percent off)