Your January Birthstone
article byMeadowlark
Published Tue, 19 Jan 2021

Stone: Garnet
Birthstone: January
Country of origin: India, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Russia

What is the meaning of the garnet? 
The birthstone for January and traditionally given as a gift for 2nd year wedding anniversaries, the garnet has meanings of strength and love. 

What is the history of the garnet? 
Available in almost every colour, garnets originally came from India, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic (at the time was known as Bohemia) and Russia. Today, they are mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, the Czech Republic and India. Red garnet is one of the most commonly found gems, found in metamorphic rocks (rocks altered by heat and pressure). 

The use of garnets dates all the way back to the Bronze Age, they were often used in cloisonné technique which is an ancient decorative metalwork technique. 

The name garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, meaning grain or seed, thought to be a reference to a red pomegranate seed - similar in size and colour to some red garnet crystals. 

There are over 15 garnet species, six of these varieties are most commonly used as gems. The best known are the almandine and pyrope which tend to be rich red, although sometimes almandines have a purple hue. 

What is the province/traceability of the garnet?
We are currently working through the traceability and supply chain of these beautiful stones. Watch this space x