Although the Christmas season is over, it doesn’t mean the jolly red hues of the holiday have to end! Luckily, garnet is the beautiful birthstone of January, giving us some extra time to enjoy the cherry-wine red color. Garnet has been an adored gemstone for generations past and is sure to be treasured for the decades to come. Read on to learn more about the history and lore of garnet, and maybe even sneak a peek at the gorgeous pieces we have on hand here at Sami’s!
Garnet is one of the world’s most prized gemstones. The first findings of garnet trackback to the 1200s. Interestingly enough, it is said that garnet gemstones were discovered when many of the Ancient Egyptian artifacts were found. It is believed that any of the royal people in Ancient Egypt wore garnet to display their authority. They also believed that the garnet stones would keep them safe after they passed. The lovely earrings pictured above hold two gorgeous garnet gemstones and have a unique geometric design that reminds us of the garnet stones’ history. Click here to see the earrings on our website.
Today, garnet stones can be found all over the world in places such as South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Brazil, and India. Yet perhaps the most unique garnet gemstones come from our very own home, Arizona. The garnet found in the Navajo area of Arizona near the Four Corners Monument is actually referred to as Arizona Anthill Garnet. This name is due to the thousands of tiny creatures who mine this gemstone from the underground to the surface…ANTS! The ants in this area build nests underground so, in order to have more room for their homes, they deliver the gems to ground level to be collected by Navajo women to sell. This necklace features a stunning Arizona Anthill Garnet, mined by hundreds of tiny ants! Click here to take a closer look.
The burning red shades of this gemstone are evidently what makes the gem so popular. However, many are unaware that garnet actually comes in a variety of colors including green, orange, pink, and even black. While these hues are beautiful, they are rarer than red garnets and much more difficult to attain. The classic red garnet, however, remains the most popular for its association with royalty and courage. The garnet ring pictured above possesses a deep, wine-red color. Paired with a modern, open-ended design, this ring is the perfect accessory to display sophistication and beauty. Click here to see the ring up close.
Being the birthstone of the first month of the year, garnets are said to bring good luck and peace for the New Year ahead! For decades, this gem has held plenty of lore and is known for its unique abilities. Known to bring success, peace, and love to those who wear it, you can’t go wrong with a piece of garnet jewelry, whether it be a pendant, ring, earrings, or bracelet. Garnet also makes a perfect gift for a loved family member or close friend as the gem is said to strengthen relationships and create deep bonds. This lovely garnet bracelet features 10 stones to strengthen the ability of the garnet stones properties. You can learn more about this piece by clicking here.
Overall, garnets are stunning gemstones that have been admired for ages! The gorgeous color and sparkle of a garnet gemstone will never go out of style. Whether you purchase a garnet accessory for yourself or a friend, you are sure to experience all of the amazing attributes that garnet possesses. To view our collection of beautiful garnet pieces and see more Anthill Garnet stones, click here.