January Birthstones - The Garnet

The word “garnet” is derived from the word garanatus - ” meaning “seedlike” - because it resembles a pomegranate seed.


References to the stone go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in carvings and jewelry.

Garnet was very popular with the Romans in the third and fourth century, often used as signet rings. During the Middle Ages, nobility favored garnets.

Today garnets are used in a range of jewelry pieces and styles.


Most people associate garnet with a beautiful deep red color, though garnet colors range a rich palette of oranges, yellows, greens, purples, pinks, browns and though rare, even some blues.


The stone symbolizes good health, prosperity and peace.

It is believed to keep the wearer safe during travel. The gemstone has also been used as protection by warriors going into battle and ancient healers who placed garnets in wounds, citing its powerful healing abilities.

In addition to being the birthstone for January, garnet is the zodiac stone for Aquarius and the second anniversary stone.

Latest Arrivals - January Birthstone Jewelry

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Simple and true as a heart should be. This ring was crafted by hand with love, a simple gold bezel holds the natural garnet heart shaped gem in its embrace. The garnet is 1.53 carats. What a perfect token of affection, for centuries garnets have represented passion. Wear your heart on your hand. Love the Planet.

Created and designed by us right here in Portland Oregon, the pieces from our personal line combine the timeless aesthetic of Vintage Jewelry with a Modern sensibility. We use metal from a Green Certified Refinery, and the Gems are from our collection. You can own a beautifully handcrafted piece of Jewelry and know it is created completely of recycled and ethically sourced materials.

Details.....Currently a Size 6 This ring can be resized at no additional charge. The ring measures 7.7mm x 7.8 at the garnet heart and the band is 2.6mm wide.

Layaway available, contact us for details.

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Swags and a dangling crescent set with rose cut garnets in gold gilded metal. So lovely. Circa 1930's Dark sparkle.

Details.....The necklace measures 15" long, the center measures 1' and the smallest 1.31" long. In Very good Vintage Condition. You should always expect some wear on your vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of their charm.

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Extra long, Dark red, rose cut, pear shaped garnets sit in fancy Georgian style bezels handcrafted to my exacting specifications in 14k yellow gold. The 3-1-3 cut back collet design is so elegant and suits a pear shaped stone perfectly. Set above the Garnets are Old European cut diamonds in smooth bezels. The earrings are suspended from hand drawn ear wires. This is the only pair of extra long pear shaped garnets in our collection.

All of our metals come from a certified green refinery and our stones are drawn from our collection of vintage gems.

Our jewelry making process takes time each piece is made by hand using age old techniques. All of the items from this line of jewels is crafted in our in house studio.

Details.....These earrings have a 1.45" drop from the ear., and a width of .31" at the widest part of the garnet. The diamonds have a total carat weight of .16ct. Newly handcrafted in our in house studio of all recycled materials.

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Mouthwatering, like black currant wine. This wide garnet bracelet is the epitome of the Dark Sparkle we love so well. Five rows of rose cut garnets are set in jewelers brass. The bracelet is hinged which makes it easy to put on and take off, no Ladies Maid required. The clasp is tight and there is a safety chain for added security. Circa 1880.

Gorgeous garnet jewels were made in the country of Bohemia (now a part of the Czech Republic) from the mid to late 1800s. The Bohemian style is named after Bohemia, it was the place for Avante Gardé fashion, design, and life style in the 19th century.

Details.....The bracelet measures 0.63" wide. The interior measures 6.75" around. In Good Antique condition, with wear to the metal. You should always expect some wear on your vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

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