This store requires javascript to be enabled for some features to work correctly.

  • ROBE DE VOYAGE ARE POPPING UP IN OUR STORE TODAY 10AM-6PM.

  • COME AND SEE US AT THE RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE GARDEN SHOW FROM TUESDAY 2ND JULY - SUNDAY 7TH JULY

  • OPEN MON-SAT 10:00AM UNTIL 6:00PM

    75 LEDBURY ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON W11 2AG

  • FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @AUGUSTINEJEWELS

  • GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE

Learn All About January's Birthstone: Garnet

Learn All About January's Birthstone: Garnet

The New Year brings with it an exciting new birthstone! January's Birthstone is one we are very familiar with here at Augustine Jewels: it's Garnet! Featuring heavily in a lot of our Andalusian Collection, as well as in a few of our bespoke commissions, we're keen to share our vast knowledge with you all! We sat down with Alexandra, our Founder, and picked her brain to find out some more information about this dazzling gemstone for you all!

If you're interested in learning what your birthstone is, do make sure to use our Birthstone Guide 

Can you tell me what a 'Garnet' actually is?

Certainly, garnet is a group of silicate minerals. They have been used in jewellery since the Bronze Age! All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition.

Andalusian Statement Ring in Garnet and Citrine by Augustine Jewels

Andalusian Statement Ring in Yellow Gold with Garnet and Citrine, £750

What gives Garnets their unique colour?

Garnets can be split into two main groups. The red gemstones are known as pyralpites and their colour is determined by the presence of iron, examples of this are hessonite or almandine. The other group, known as urgandite, consists of the vibrant green garnets like tsavorite or yellowy orange garnets like spessartine.

Garnet and Diamond Halo Earrings

From our Birthstone Collection, the stunning Garnet Diamond Halo Stud Earrings, £650

What type of Garnet is the most rare?

The rarest form of garnet is actually Tsavorite! The largest Tsavorite on record is valued at around $2 million. Demantoid Garnets are also considered one of the rarest forms of garnet!

Tsavorite Gemstone

An Example of a Tsavorite and it's bright green colouring.

Do you know where the name 'Garnet' comes from?

The word garnet comes from the 14th-century Middle English word gernet, which means 'dark red'. It is borrowed from the Latin granatus which means grain or seed, possibly a reference to the pomegranate, a fruit whose seeds bare a resemblance to the colouring of garnet!

Andalusian Octagon Drop Earrings in Garnet and Citrine

Our beautiful Andalusian Octagon Garnet and Citrine Drop Earrings, £790

Where do Garnets come from?

Garnets are found all over the world. For example, Kenya is home to the Scorpion mine that is world-renowned for its tsavorite garnets. However, a lot of the red coloured Garnets are found in Asian countries, like India and Sri Lanka.

Yellow Gold Plated Garnet Shirt Studs

For our male readers, our smart Yellow Gold Plated Garnet Shirt Studs, £250

Which Augustine Jewels Garnet piece is your favourite?

We recently made a bespoke design variation of our Como Cluster Necklace featuring a Garnet, Ruby and Pink Tourmaline.

We really love the design and it's wonderful to see it invigorated with a different stone combination - if you're interested in working on a bespoke project like this, do reach out to us via our Bespoke Page.

Bespoke Como Design featuring Garnet, Ruby and Pink Tourmaline

Leave a comment