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ALMANDINE

Garnet
January
Birthstone


GROSSULAR

ANDRADITE


RASBERRY GARNET
a variety of
GROSSULAR


UVAROVITE


GROSSULAR
on DIOPSIDE


MELANITE
a variety of
ANDRADITE


SPESSARTINE


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
Ross-Simons 1.30ct t.w. Citrine Koi Ring, Diamonds, Garnets in Silver
This flamboyant 1.30 ct. t.w. citrine koi ring with garnets and diamond accents will be perfect to express your love of water! Ideal for the aqua-lover on your shopping list, too. Sterling silver ring. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for...Only $225.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.30ct t.w. Citrine Koi Ring, Diamonds, Garnets in Silver
$225.00
Ross-Simons
3.26 carat Oval Cut Garnet and White Topaz Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling Silver, Size 8,9, Size 8,9
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. 3.26 TCW Oval Cut Garnet and White Topaz Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling SilverOnly $113.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo3.26 carat Oval Cut Garnet and White Topaz Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling Silver, Size 8,9, Size 8,9
$113.99
PalmBeachJewelry
Men's 1.35 carat Square-Cut Garnet and Diamond Accent Ring in 10k Gold, Size 10,11,12,13,9, Size 10,11,12,13,9
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. Men's 1.35 TCW Square-Cut Garnet and Diamond Accent Ring in 10k GoldOnly $379.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photoMen's 1.35 carat Square-Cut Garnet and Diamond Accent Ring in 10k Gold, Size 10,11,12,13,9, Size 10,11,12,13,9
$379.99
PalmBeachJewelry
Sterling Silver Tsavorite Green Garnet, Emerald Flower Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $136.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Tsavorite Green Garnet, Emerald Flower Pendant Jewelry
$136.49
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 8.35 ct. t.w. Multi-Shaped Garnet Bracelet in 14kt Yellow Gold
This bracelet parades a warmly glowing mix of round, marquise, pear-shaped, heart-shaped and ovals of bezel-set garnets. Total garnet weight is equal to 8.35 carats. Springring clasp, 14k yellow gold bracelet. Garnet birthstones are the perfect gift...Only $250.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 8.35 ct. t.w. Multi-Shaped Garnet Bracelet in 14kt Yellow Gold
$250.00
Ross-Simons
Sterling Silver Garnet Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $74.24 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Garnet Ring Jewelry
$74.24
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 3.00ct t.w. Garnet, 6-6.5mm Cultured Pearl Flower Pendant Necklace. 18"
This pendant necklace boasts a fiery flower petaled with 3.00 ct. t.w. heart-shaped garnets around a 6-6.5mm cultured freshwater pearl. Suspends from a rope chain with a springring clasp. 14kt yellow gold pendant necklace. Garnet birthstones are the...Only $221.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 3.00ct t.w. Garnet, 6-6.5mm Cultured Pearl Flower Pendant Necklace. 18"
$221.25
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 8.50ct t.w. Garnet, .10ct t.w. Diamond Drop Earrings in Silver
Drops dazzled with 8.50 ct. t.w. garnets and .10 ct. t.w. diamonds will brighten any look, day or night! Clutch/post, sterling silver earrings. Garnet birthstones are the perfect gift for January birthdays.Only $146.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 8.50ct t.w. Garnet, .10ct t.w. Diamond Drop Earrings in Silver
$146.25
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons Oval Labradorite, Multi-Stone Pendant Necklace Over Sterling. 18"
This oval labradorite and multi-stone pendant necklace displays a scalloped frame bejeweled with 1.10 ct. t.w. rhodolite garnets while .10 ct. t.w. of white topaz adorn on the bale. 18kt gold over sterling silver necklace with black rhodium.Only $119.95 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Oval Labradorite, Multi-Stone Pendant Necklace Over Sterling. 18"
$119.95
Ross-Simons
Vintage Marquise Garnet Engagement Ring 14k Yellow Gold (0.18ct)
This lovely red gemstone engagement ring setting features 8 high quality garnets set in a marquise, milgrain edged setting. Create your own engagement ring by using this vintage proposal ring setting and choosing a center diamond of the shape and size...Only $490.00 at Allurez.com
no photoVintage Marquise Garnet Engagement Ring 14k Yellow Gold (0.18ct)
$490.00
Allurez.com
Ross-Simons Green Jade, .10ct t.w. Garnet Frog Slide Pendant, Mother-Of-Pearl
Here's a cute little green jade frog slide pendant with .10 ct. t.w. garnet eyes and a mother-of-pearl belly. Single bales fits up to a 4mm chain, sold separately. Sterling silver slide pendant.Only $93.75 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Green Jade, .10ct t.w. Garnet Frog Slide Pendant, Mother-Of-Pearl
$93.75
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 2.60ct t.w. Multi-Stone Floral Motif Ring, Diamond Accents in Silver
It's a blooming garden of delight at your fingertips with this 2.60 ct. t.w. multi-stone floral motif ring. A dream-come-true for jewelry lovers, it features blue topaz, amethyst, garnet, peridot and citrine gemstones in a beautiful, exuberant design...Only $145.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 2.60ct t.w. Multi-Stone Floral Motif Ring, Diamond Accents in Silver
$145.00
Ross-Simons
Black Sterling Silver Garnet & Diamond Lollipop Charm - Ippolita
Ippolita Lollipop charm. Black sterling silver. Faceted garnet center. HI S12 pave diamond bezel. 0.11 total diamond carat weight. 1inL (25mm). Hinged bale. Imported.Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoBlack Sterling Silver Garnet & Diamond Lollipop Charm - Ippolita
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
25.00 carat Oval Cut Genuine Garnet 14k Gold-Plated Triple-Row Tennis Bracelet 7 1/4''
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. 25.00 TCW Oval Cut Genuine Garnet 14k Gold-Plated Triple-Row Tennis Bracelet 7 1/4''Only $113.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo25.00 carat Oval Cut Genuine Garnet 14k Gold-Plated Triple-Row Tennis Bracelet 7 1/4''
$113.99
PalmBeachJewelry
Round Cut Garnet Cluster Cocktail Ring in Sterling Silver (5.40ct)
Hit the jackpot with this large cocktail ring in sterling silver. This big right-handed fashion ring features genuine round cut garnet gemstones clustered together while beautifully set in a classic prong setting. This natural red colored semi-precious...Only $255.00 at Allurez.com
no photoRound Cut Garnet Cluster Cocktail Ring in Sterling Silver (5.40ct)
$255.00
Allurez.com

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