January Jewelry: Garnet

Garnet is the birthstone for January. It can found all over the world. It’s best known as a dark red gem, but can be yellow, orange, pink, and even green. When I was a kid, we had a large woods behind our home. While walking through there we found naturally occurring red garnet. My son Connor, a geologist, was also able to find some red garnet in the wild during his explorations.

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), one of the best examples of the use of garnets in historical jewelry is the Antique Pyrope Hair Comb from the Victorian era, now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Imagine the event to which one would wear a hair ornament such as this! 🤩

Antique Pyrope Garnet Hair Comb

My granddaughter, Casey, has a January birthday, and to celebrate, I made her a piece of birthstone jewelry. She loves jewelry, but since she’s only six, I wanted to make it fairly indestructible as well as easy to take on and off. I made her a cord bracelet with six garnet colored beads, to match her six years, and a sliding knot closure. The knot makes it easy to wear without needing to operate a clasp and it also keeps the beads from falling off. Win-win. 😊

I also have a very good friend with a January birthday. I’m going to celebrate her big day with some garnet colored beads as well… I made her some earrings. They have sterling silver ear wires and a single drop with some garnet chips and a garnet colored bead at the base.

I enjoy making jewelry, so if I can incorporate someone’s birthday into the jewelry making process, so much the better. Wishing all the January birthdays out there a wonderful day of celebration. 💜


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