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.
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
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.