Did you know that garnets come in every color of the rainbow? Discover all the gorgeous varieties at JTV.
Garnet is the birthstone for January, and as part of our Birthstone Jewelry Gift Guide, JTV has assembled the perfect selection of garnet rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets for that special someone with a January birthday.
While most people born in the month of January think of garnet as "that brownish-red gem" as their birthstone, there is actually a wide, colorful world of garnet jewelry awaiting them. Red is the traditional color of January's stone, but did you know that garnets come in every color of the rainbow, including red, green, yellow, orange, purple, pink and blue? Here are some of those vibrant garnet colors you will find as you get acquainted with January's many-splendored birthstone here on JTV.com...
Green Garnets: Tsavorite and Demantoid
Do you enjoy rich greens? Then you need to consider tsavorite garnet or even the rare and exotic demantoid garnet. Tsavorite has the richness and beauty of emerald while fine demantoids can have the luster and fire of diamond! Both are exciting alternatives to the traditional red color that everyone usually associates with the January birthstone.
Yellow Garnets: Andradite and Hessonite
While andradite garnet is most widely known for the variety demantoid, it can also be found as a bright yellow gem sometimes referred to as topazolite. Likewise hessonite garnets, which are most well known for their cinnamon red color, can also be found in attractive yellow colors.
Orange Garnets: Spessartite and Mandarin Garnet
If you enjoy warm colors, then you might want to consider the orange to reddish-orange spessartite garnet. The orange variety, also known as Mandarin garnet, is highly prized and spectacular to behold (and not to mention, very affordable). Either loose or set in jewelry, spessartite is great choice to highlight a gift of January birthstone jewelry and certain to bring a smile to that special person in your life.
Reddish Purple and Pink Garnets: Rhodolite Garnet
Whether celebrating your own birthday or choosing a birthstone gift for another, always consider the stunning reddish-purple to violet or pink variety of garnet called rhodolite, a truly exciting member of this large and colorful family of gems.
Blue Garnet: Blue color change Garnet
The newest color to garnets palette is blue. Recently discovered in Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania, these garnets change from blue in fluorescent or daylight equivalent light to a deep reddish purple in incandescent light. They are a phenomenal addition to any collection and make a great gift!
Alternative January Birthstone: Rose Quartz
Garnet is both the traditional and modern birthstone for the month of January, but if garnet jewelry isn't really your thing, then the romantic pink hues of rose quartz qualify this gemstone as an alternative birthstone for January. Read more about quartz varieties, including amethyst and citrine gems.
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