ALMANDINE

Garnet
January
Birthstone


GROSSULAR

ANDRADITE


RASBERRY GARNET
a variety of
GROSSULAR


UVAROVITE


GROSSULAR
on DIOPSIDE


MELANITE
a variety of
ANDRADITE


SPESSARTINE

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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 Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Iolite - 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 Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Iolite - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Red Garnet - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Blue Topaz - 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 Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Blue Topaz - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - 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 Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Garnet and White Topaz Halo Bracelet in Sterling Silver, One Size
A great complement to any style, this gemstone bracelet showcases garnet accented with a sparkling halo of pave-set white topaz framed in sterling silver.Only $595.00 at Blue Nile
no photoGarnet and White Topaz Halo Bracelet in Sterling Silver, One Size
$595.00
Blue Nile
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Smoky Quartz - 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 Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Tanzanite & 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Tanzanite & Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Yellow Sapphire - 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Yellow Sapphire - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Birthstone Girl Charm Pendant, Garnet-january, Womens
Charm her with an adorable sterling silver girl pendant, styled with a diamond-accent skirt and your choice of birthstone buttons. A gift with special meaning for any mom or grandmother. Metal: Sterling silverStones: All genuine except sapphire, ruby,...Only $62.49 at jcpenney
no photoSterling Silver Birthstone Girl Charm Pendant, Garnet-january, Womens
$62.49
jcpenney
Cultured Freshwater Pearl & Garnet Necklace, Womens
Bring your style full circle. Cultured freshwater potato pearls alternate gracefully with stations of genuine garnet, and sparkle beads for an elegant contrast, delivering a necklace that transitions easily from day to evening. Metal: Rhodium-plated...Only $124.99 at jcpenney
no photoCultured Freshwater Pearl & Garnet Necklace, Womens
$124.99
jcpenney
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Ring with London Blue Topaz & Rhodolite 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 Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Ring with London Blue Topaz & Rhodolite Garnet - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $150.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Remember Forever Ring
$150.00
Gemvara
Round Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
This precious pendant holds a 3.5mm, round-cut stone and is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $130.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
$130.00
Gemvara

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