January’s birthstone, Garnet, is from a large family of gemstones which are found in a rainbow of colors. The most familiar member of the garnet family is the brownish-red color favored by Victorian jewelry makers and modern-day designers alike. Green Tsavorite and Demantoid Garnets are much rarer and command higher prices. The imperial Russian jeweler Fabergé was known for its intricate jewelry designs using Demantoid Garnet.
To maintain the brilliance of your Garnets, no matter what their color, you should clean Garnet jewelry regularly. While it is a relatively hard stone, care should be taken to protect Garnet from scratches and sharp blows.
Do What the Pros Do
The best way to clean Garnet jewelry is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner. Using lukewarm water fill the rinsing container three quarters full. Drop 10 drops of the Advanced Dazzle Drops formula into the water. Submerge your Garnet jewelry using the dipping scoop. Carefully brush the Garnets to get between the prongs and in all the crevices around the stones. Rinse in warm water using the dipping scoop and dry with a lint-free cloth.
Please note: Ultrasonic machines are NOT recommended.
January’s Birthstone: Perfect for Valentine’s Day
Because of their relative affordability and wide availability in January, Garnets are often given as a gifts for Valentine’s Day. Consider a heart-shaped red Garnet pendant or 3-stone ring for yourself or someone you love on February 14th.
Or, if you really want to splurge, look to estate jewelry shops and sites for something in Demantoid or Tsavorite Garnet. Your friends will be green with envy!
Did You Know?
In addition to designating Garnet as the birthstone for January, the American Gem Society has named Garnet the official gift for second anniversaries.
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