Aside from embellishing your outfits and adding eye-catching sparkle to your looks, gemstones are said to hold powerful spiritual and symbolic qualities, making these natural wonders even more valuable and meaningful than they appear. If you’re unfamiliar with birthstones, each month has a designated gem associated with it, and the stone linked to your birth month is traditionally said to protect and heal you.
If you’re a Jan baby, lucky you! Your birthstone is the richly red-hued Garnet. This beautiful gem takes its name from the Latin word ‘granatus’, meaning ‘pomegranate’, and it has been around for millennia: it became popular in the Bronze Ages; adorned the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, and even appeared on the signet rings of the ancient Romans.
Yet, while the most common garnets take after the pomegranate fruit’s juicy red seeds, it also comes in an extraordinary range of colours including pink, orange, yellow, purple and green. Some garnets even change colour, from blue to purple, in different lighting.
However, what makes the Garnet so special is what it symbolises: love, luck, trust and loyalty. On top of that, according to Indian astrology, Garnets are considered to soothe feelings of negativity, resentment and anger, heal inflammatory diseases, and boost mental clarity. If you ask us, there's really no better gem to start the new year fresh with, bringing in positive energy for the months ahead.
The good news is you don’t have to look far for your golden Garnet pieces! You’ll find this gem in two of our favourite collections:
Our signature Bare Capsule features two different Garnet hues, highlighted by a golden (engraveable) medallion pendant. The Rhodolite Medallion Necklace showcases an uncut Rhodolite Garnet hand-picked for its intense magenta colour and natural shape. The Spessartine Medallion Necklace features a rough-cut Spessartine Garnet in a vibrant terracotta hue.
These unique Garnets can be traced all the way back to the Tanzanian women who mined them. Every purchase of these one-of-a-kind necklaces, ensures fair compensation and ethical working conditions for the miners, reflecting their immense worth. (Read more about our ethical gemstone sourcing here!)
You'll also find delicate pink-hued Rhodolite Garnets set in our matching mother-daughter Ava bracelets. Celebrating the unbreakable bond between mother and child, these heirloom pieces feature a sleek golden bar ready to be engraved with a special message or initials, turning them into unique pieces to treasure for generations.
So, whether you’re ready to claim your January birthstone, you’re in the mood to add a little flush of colour to your jewellery collection (you don’t have to be born in Jan to reap the benefits of this stunning stone!), or you need the perfect gift to give to a January baby, look no further than the Garnet.