January's gem of the month is Garnet, a stone who's history goes back thousands of years and has been found among jewelry in ancient Egyptian tombs, and was favored by nobility and clergy in the middle ages. It has a hardness of 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a bit softer than a diamond but about the same hardness as quartz or citrine so it is recommended for every day wear.
Garnets are largely found in antique jewelry from the Georgian period when most of these gems were flat cut and enhanced with a tinted foil backing in a closed-back setting to bring out their fiery color. During the Victorian period, most garnets were rose cut and set into more bohemian-looking settings, like sun + moon motifs.
There are over 10 varieties of garnets ranging in colors like orange + green, but the most common in modern fine jewelry are the red and rhodolite garnets. Rhodolite garnets come in a variety of hot pink or fuchsia tones and are usually free of inclusions, making them highly desirable for fine jewelry.
Garnets are famous for their protective properties providing energizing and regenerative powers and are said to strengthen the odds of prosperity in business. What a great way to start a new year!
Take a look at our favorite garnet jewels, in store + online now.
Five diamonds climb each side of this 14K gold ring, with rope and milgrain detailing in the band. Original, intriguing, and fabulous. Created by A+T shop owner and designer Viviana Langhoff.
Each piece in Viviana's collection can be customized with the metal color and with the center stone of your choosing. Interested in customizing another piece in the collection? Email us at email@example.com
This one-of-a-kind ring designed by local Chicago designer Beth Clark features a stunning marquise garnet set in 14k yellow gold.
A delicate rhodolite garnet centers a starburst of 14k yellow gold, made by local Chicago designer Jeanette Park.
One-of-a-kind and handmade by artisans in Istanbul, Turkey. This adjustable ring is made of gold vermeil + adorned with gorgeous rhodolite garnet.
Inspired by the ephemeral soundscapes of composer Theophany, Termina features a 4mm rhodolite enfolded in a map of diamonds. Rhodolites, whose name is derived from two Greek words meaning rose stone are gemstones known for their healing properties, bringing with them the inspiration of love and stimulating one's sense of positive emotional energy.
She was named after Healing Termina by composer Theophany.