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January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet - January Birthstone
Discover the January birthstone garnet. Best Known for its fiery red hues and association with royalty.

Discover Garnet - The January Birthstone

Steeped in royal lore, garnet is best known as the January birthstone. But when was garnet first discovered and why is it symbolic to royalty?

This fiery red stone can be traced back as early as the Bronze Age when beads of garnet were found around the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs in their tombs.  Ancient Roman leaders also wore statement garnet signet rings for stamping the wax seals on important papers. Scoring 6.5-7.5 on the moh’s scale, the hardness and durability of this stone made it ideal for use in such tasks. 

Boasting distinctive fiery hues, garnets popularity goes back as far as the Bronze Age.

The January birthstone was also a popular choice in jewellery settings in victorian times. A widely traded gem due to its large availability, this timeless gemstone is still a favourite amongst jewellery wearers today.

In British royalty, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has previously been seen wearing a pearl and garnet gold birthstone ring, gifted to her on one of her January birthdays by her husband, Prince William. 

The popularity of garnet can also be attributed to its deep red hues. Offering a more subtle appearance compared to its red counterpart, ruby, this gem is perfect for adding a dash of warmth to any winter outfit. 

 

How to Style Garnet

Garnets can be worn everyday in a range of jewellery settings including necklaces, earrings and rings

For a polished look, wear red garnets with a black and white outfit. For everyday attire, wear olive or forrest green and accessorise with classic garnet jewellery. The red and brown hues perfectly compliment all skin tones making this a great stone to be worn by everyone.

For a subtle hint of colour, add a pair of garnet stud earrings or a garnet ring to your attire. Or, if you’re looking for a standout royalty look, try a garnet jewellery set or a princess cut tennis bracelet.

January Birthstone Garnet Cross Pendant Necklace
Perfect for everyday wear, garnet is best styled with neutral or earthy tones.

Garnet Jewellery

Garnet jewellery can be a great sentimental gift to give to someone with a January birthday. Explore the collection of gorgeous garnet jewellery by Ruby & Oscar and find a gift worth giving. 

Garnet & CZ Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver
Garnet & CZ Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver - £115
Princess Cut Garnet Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver
Princess Cut Garnet Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver - £122
Heart Shaped Garnet Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver
Heart Shaped Garnet Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver - £108
Garnet Seven Stone Ring in Sterling Silver
Garnet Seven Stone Ring in Sterling Silver - £115
Garnet Cross Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver
Garnet Cross Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver - £195
Heart Shaped Garnet and Cubic Zirconia Cupid Grace Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver
Heart Shaped Garnet & CZ Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver - £105

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