Garnet, January’s birthstone, enjoyed a boost in popularity last year when the Pantone Color Institute named Marsala the 2015 Color of the Year. The wine-red color that garnet is best known for was a major fashion statement throughout the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 runway collections, and the trend shows no signs of letting up.
But January’s birthstone comes in many colors, including orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, and pink — with reddish shades being most common. Let’s take a look at some glittering garnet jewelry styles and learn a little more about this popular mineral.
Thousands of Years of Garnet Jewelry
People have been making jewelry out of garnet since the time of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. It derives its name from the Latin word “granatum,” meaning seed, which some say refers to the garnet’s similarity to the seeds of the red pomegranate.
Found on every continent, garnet has been popular in jewelry design throughout the ages, including the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. Red garnet reached its peak of popularity during the Victorian period, and today many websites specialize in vintage styles from the time of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Modern-day jewelry designers mix garnet with different color metals and precious and semi-precious stones to create striking pieces at every price point. Click here to see a collection of new garnet jewelry curated by our friends at National Jeweler.
To learn more about garnets and garnet jewelry, visit www.gia.edu
Happy Birthday to all you OBJ readers who are celebrating in January!
Sources: UntappedCities.com; The New York Times, Gemological Institute of America