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Garnet: A Focus on the January Birthstone

Born in January? You have the chance to start the year off with a bang by adding some attractive and fiery pieces to your wardrobe. And what better way to add that warm glimmer than with the brilliance of your very own January birthstone: the garnet!

The garnet is available in a variety of colours, but the most vied for and rarest of the lot, is the deep red Bohemian shade. If that happens to be your favourite, then count yourself lucky, because not only do we have them in nearly every design, but we also have an extensive collection of garnet jewellery. After all, who doesn’t want the enchanting sparkle of deep red?

So, let’s take a closer look at the January birthstone and all that makes it super special.

Overview:

The history & significance of the January birthstone

Properties of the January birthstone

How to pick & style garnet jewellery

 celebrities wearing the January birthstone in necklaces and earrings

The history & significance of the January birthstone

The January birthstone has a long and interesting history. The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century English word “gernet”, which means "dark red." The word is derived from the Latin word “granatum”, which means "seed," and is so-called because of the resemblance of the gemstone to the beautiful red seeds of the pomegranate fruit.

Curious about the health benefits of your garnet jewellery? According to Indian astrology, garnet helps to free the wearer from negative feelings (like sadness and guilt) and increase self-confidence and mental clarity in order to nurture creative thinking and peace of mind. In fact, garnet’s reputation for having healing properties originates from ancient and medieval times. It was believed that garnet was a cure for inflammatory diseases.

In certain traditions, it is believed that the January birthstone can help to soothe an angry temperament. The garnet also symbolises a profound and lasting friendship. Which, in our opinion, makes it the perfect gift to give someone whose friendship you value deeply.

Properties of the January birthstone

Today, the African continent supplies much of the world’s garnet. Various types of garnet range from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that this birthstone is more susceptible to damage than rubies, sapphires and diamonds.

So while not all garnets are good candidates for daily wear, they are ideal for special occasion earrings, brooches and pendants.

4 ways to wear garnet jewellery

1. Necklaces

You can always flaunt the versatility of the January birthstone through a pretty necklace that truly captures the attention of others.

Pair your garnet necklace with a simple and plain outfit, or with colours that complement it perfectly (such as yellow, green, blue and black). Either way, with such cute and affordable jewellery, you cannot go wrong.

two celebrities wearing the January birthstone in. The woman on the left is wearing a chunky necklace, and the woman on the right is wearing statement earrings

2. Rings

The best part about garnet rings, is that they are made for every occasion! Versatile, richly coloured and gorgeously designed, these rings are the kind that could go from boardroom to ballroom real quick. Speaking of, you can check out our post on Work-Appropriate Jewellery if you need some help accessorising for work!

Popping the big question or want to surprise your partner with the perfect gift? Garnet rings make gorgeous engagement rings, especially for those born in January! We also have a stunning range of cocktail ring designs that are perfect for any occasion or outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your metals and gemstones either!

It’s so important that you style your rings correctly. To help you out, read our guide on Which Rings to Wear on What Finger!

Rings featuring the January birthstoneA. 9ct Rose Gold 7mm Cushion Cut Rhodolite Garnet Ring with 0.11ct Diamonds | B. 9ct Yellow Gold Garnet Flower RingC. 9ct Yellow Gold Natural Garnet Ring

3. Earrings

Be it a casual occasion that calls for delicate January birthstone stud earrings, or a night out that warrants the glamorous look of garnet drop earrings - the glimmering red of this gemstone is a timeless look that never fails.

For some extra pizzazz, you could try our garnet earrings with glamorous yellow gold. Or elevate your style with a pair of garnet stud earrings.

a pair of stud and drop earrings featuring the January birthstonetwo pairs of earrings featuring the January birthstone

D. Sterling Silver Garnet 4mm Stud Earrings |  E. 9ct Yellow Gold Garnet and Diamond Drop EarringsF. 9ct Yellow Gold Garnet Drop Earrings  |  G. 9ct Rose Gold 7x5mm Oval Rhodolite Garnet and Diamond Stud Earrings

4. Bracelets

Want to wear the January birthstone on your wrist? Our garnet bracelets are perfect for you! The heart-shaped bracelet featured below has a particularly romantic and classy appeal.

a gold bracelet featuring the January birthstone

H. 9ct Yellow Gold Silver Filled Garnet Belcher Bracelet

Now you know everything there is to know about the January birthstone!

Explore the world of affordable garnet jewellery, right here at Shiels, and look like the perfect style icon! Shop red garnet jewellery online or in-store, with multiple interest free payment options available.

Do you have a November birthday or a December birthday? You can see what your birthstone is below!

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