Garnet, January's birthstone gets its name from the Greek word “granatum” which means “pomegranate seed.” The stone's rich red color, similar to the color of pomegranate seeds, is the reason for the name. However, garnet is not only one stone, but a group of stones, and appear in a rainbow of colors.
Almadine is a red garnet. Its name comes from Alabanda, the region of Asia Minor where it was first mined. Pyrope, whose name comes from the Greek word for “fire-eyed,” occurs as red and pink. A violet-red variation can be found in North Carolina. Grossular appears as in a range of red and orange colors. Spessarite appears in mostly shades of green and brown, but a violet-red variety can be found in Colorado and Maine. Andradite appears in browns and black. Uvarovite is a rare garnet, found as a stunning green in the mountains of Russia and Finland.
Along with its variety, garnet gems have been treasured for their associations with faithfulness and lasting friendship. In the Middle Ages it was believed that wearing garnet pendants helped keep both marriage partners faithful. And even today, garnet pendants and garnet rings are seen as a thoughtful and appropriate gift for a long time friend.
Stop in our store anytime this month and peruse our collection of garnet jewelry. With garnet's variety, I'm sure you will find just the right gift for that long time friend, or for the greatest friend of all, yourself!