ALMANDINE

Garnet
January
Birthstone


GROSSULAR

ANDRADITE


RASBERRY GARNET
a variety of
GROSSULAR


UVAROVITE


GROSSULAR
on DIOPSIDE


MELANITE
a variety of
ANDRADITE


SPESSARTINE

  Like: Share:  

Garnets are the modern birthstone for January. They are the Zodiac birthstones for Aquarius, and an alternate for Capricorn. Garnets are given on the 2nd and 6th anniversary. Garnets are associated with strength, perseverity, prosperity, and health.

As a gemstone, garnets have had a mixed reputation. Garnets do possess high indices of refraction, are hard enough, have pretty colors, are wonderfully transparent, lack cleavage and are durable; thus making good candidates for gemstones. However, many people consider garnets to be inferior to other colored gems. This may be due to garnet's relative abundance and widespread use, and therefore a (typically) low price. Garnets are greatly variable in colors and varieties, though, and many of these are both rare and beautiful, producing genuinely precious gemstones. Some garnets are truly unique in the mineral kingdom and have much to offer as both gemstones and mineral specimens.

The main differences in physical properties among the members of the garnet group are slight variations in color, density and index of refraction.

The most common crystal shape for garnets is the rhombic dodecahedron, a twelve sided crystal with diamond-shaped (rhombic) faces. This basic shape is the trademark of garnets, for no other crystal shape is so closely associated with a single mineral group like the rhombic dodecahedron is with garnets.

Most garnets are red in color, leading to the erroneous belief that all garnets are red. In fact a few varieties, such as grossular, can have a wide range of colors, and uvarovite is always a bright green. As a mineral specimen, garnets usually have well shaped and complex crystals and their color and luster can make for a very beautiful addition to a collection. At times, garnets are accessory minerals to other valuable and pretty gem minerals such as topaz, beryl, tourmaline, vesuvianite and diopside making these specimens extra special.

Garnet: Typical Color:
ALMANDINE reddish brown to brown
ANDRADITE brown, black or green
GROSSULAR colorless, orange or green
PYROPE dark red to ruby red
SPESSARTINE orange, pink or brown
UVAROVITE green

For more information on garnets and their physical characteristics, see the Garnet page.

To see our natural (uncut) garnet specimens, click on any of the variety names and then the specimens link on that page, or select from the following list:

For Garnet Jewelry, see --> GARNET JEWELRY

Note that few jewelers identify the type of garnet, so you may need to refer back to this page using color as a guide to identify the type of garnet in any given piece of jewelry.

Amethyst Galleries sells natural mineral specimens, including precious metals and gemstones. For Fine Jewelry, see our affiliates:

Garnet Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
13.85 ct. t.w. Garnet Linear Earrings With Diamonds in Sterling Silver
These gorgeous 13.85 ct. t.w. garnet linear earrings feature pear-shaped garnet drops, outlined in diamond accents, descending in regal splendor. Post/clutch, sterling silver earrings. Garnet birthstones are the perfect gift for January birthdays.Only $150.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo13.85 ct. t.w. Garnet Linear Earrings With Diamonds in Sterling Silver
$150.00
Ross-Simons
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring - Searchlight Ring
A single gleaming, round-cut stone sits atop this bubbled, modern band, handcrafted in your choice of gemstones and metals.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring - Searchlight Ring
$135.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Sapphire - Bamboo Two-Stone Ring
This double-gemstone bamboo ring makes a refined statement alone, or combines well with other bamboo rings.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Sapphire - Bamboo Two-Stone Ring
$175.00
Gemvara
Round Black Onyx Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
The open band of this stylish ring cradles three brilliant bezel-set gems.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Black Onyx Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
Less is more in this sleek solitaire ring with round brilliant-cut center. Delicate, feminine and simply stylish, this ring is perfect worn alone or stacked. Different stone sizes and band widths are available.Only $170.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
$170.00
Gemvara
11.70 TCW Round Genuine Garnet 14k Yellow Gold-Plated Dome Ring
. Studded with a dizzying array of glittering round garnets, this glam ring is the essence of modern chic adorned with 11.70 carats T.W. of the colorful gemstone. 14k gold-plated. Sizes 6-10. (All carat weights are approximate and may vary slightly...Only $75.95 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo11.70 TCW Round Genuine Garnet 14k Yellow Gold-Plated Dome Ring
$75.95
PalmBeachJewelry
Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Red Garnet - Double Knots Ring
This gorgeous, contemporary setting forms a pair of knots, each enclosing a stunning, 3mm, prong-set stone. It's carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $165.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Red Garnet - Double Knots Ring
$165.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Daisy Ring
This nature-inspired ring is the perfect everyday choice with a pretty petite gem-set bloom on a delicate modern band. Wear more than one to create a bouquet for your finger.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet - Daisy Ring
$175.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Amethyst - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Amethyst - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Fire Opal Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Fire Opal Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$205.00
Gemvara
Garnet Bezel-Set Drop Necklace in Sterling Silver, One Size
Featuring two deep red, bezel-set garnets, this modern necklace, featuring a one and a half-inch drop, is crafted from timeless sterling silver.Only $69.00 at Blue Nile
no photoGarnet Bezel-Set Drop Necklace in Sterling Silver, One Size
$69.00
Blue Nile
Round Black Onyx Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Black Onyx Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Rock Crystal - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Rock Crystal - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara

Popular Members of the Silicates Class








s


 


Copyright ©1995-2012 by Amethyst Galleries, Inc.
Site design & programming by galleries.com web services