Opal: Gem of Luck

Legends has it that opals fell from the sky in bolts of lightning. While others speculate the creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving these colorful stones where his feet touched the ground. Writers have compared the gemstone to… Continue reading

What Is a Real Pearl?

Pearls are the only gemstones formed within a living organism, making them the most organic gemstones. Pretty much any shelled mollusk (or clam) can produce a pearl, but just two types of bivalve clams can produce rich creamy-colored, opalescent pearls that are valued… Continue reading

Emerald: Gem of Rebirth

Made famous by the great Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor, the emerald gemstone has been thought to signify eternal youth, rebirth, wisdom and growth granting the wearer good fortune and immortality. Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus” which literally means “green.”… Continue reading

Diamond: Gem of Strength

Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut… Continue reading

Aquamarine: Gem of Tranquility

The meaning behind the name “aquamarine” is self-explanatory. The gemstone’s sparkling ocean-like color contributes to its name which derives from two Latin words: aqua meaning “water,” and marina meaning “of the sea.”  Its hypnotizing clear, blue color seemingly cools the temper… Continue reading

Garnet: Gem of Faith

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Garnet [gahr-nit]

The garnet gemstone is often associated with its deep red hue, but the most common misconception about garnets is that the gemstone is only produced in an array of reds from rust colored to deep violet-red.

In actuality, garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals that come in a rich palette of colors, from burgundy red to light, translucent green. Out of all the garnet colors, the rarest are blue, colorless and changing colors in different lights.

Garnets were first discovered in Madagascar in the late 1990s. Since then, garnets have been found in many different countries such as the US, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Sir Lanka and Myanmar and Turkey.

The word originates from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” which means dark red. It derives from the Latin word “granatum” meaning seed closely resembling the beautiful deep red hue of pomegranate seeds.


  January’s Birthstone

The garnet is the traditional birthstone for January babies. Remember red may not be your color, but garnets come in an array of colors. Representing peace, prosperity, and good health, some say the one who is adorned with garnet will be granted eternal happiness, health and wealth.

Give the gift of faith and good fortune to your loved one with Gabriel & Co. red garnet birthstone jewelry pieces. 


                               History

Rare color-changing garnet from Madagascar.

The history of this gemstone is ancient; Garnet was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God.

Dating back to the Bronze Age, this precious red gemstone was referred to as the symbol of life by Egyptians who used the garnet in decorative jewelry and carvings. Red garnets adorned the necks of Egyptian rulers and were buried with mummified bodies as prized possessions for the afterlife.

Even praised throughout the ancient Middle Ages, garnets were worn as protection amulets by soldiers going into battle, people who wanted to ward off plagues and healers would place them into wounds of the injured.

In ancient Rome, garnets were featured in signet rings worn by clergy and nobility to stamp the wax that secured significant documents. It was the Victorians who popularized the gemstone by designing some of the largest and most exquisite statement jewelry pieces made with clusters of tiny red garnets.

Today, this glamorous gemstone can be found in a variety of jewelry pieces from drop earrings to tiaras. Outside of the jewelry industry, the United States has utilized this gemstone for waterjet cutting, abrasive blasting and filtration.


Famous Garnets 

Source: American Gem Society and GIA


(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

January-born Celebrities

The first month of year is full of celebrities’ birthdays. Here’s a few: Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Zayn Malik, Issa Rae, Howard Stern, Liam Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Jackie Robinson, Kerry Washington

If you want to see the full list of celebrities born in January, browse here.