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    • Garnets: January's Birthstone

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Full of rich color, our Sterling Silver
      Red Garnet Chandelier Earrings feature
      genuine garnet stones and beads set in solid
      sterling silver.

       

      People born in the month of January are very fortunate to have such a wonderfully diverse gemstone designated for their birth month. Garnets are deeply saturated in history and lore. It has been worn by kings and queens, knights, high priests, and regular folks too. This beautiful gemstone has adorned some very famous jewelry pieces and also used as an abrasive to smooth rough edges.

       

      The word garnet is derived from the Latin word "granum" meaning "grain". The most common color is a deep rich red color and the "grain" that it most closely resembles is the pomegranate seed. Garents are a very durable gemstone, suitable for everyday wear. They come in as a 7-7.5 on the  Moh's scale of hardness.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Designed for drama, our Sterling Silver
      Red Garnet Leaf Ring features genuine red
      garnet stones set in solid sterling silver.

       

      Garnets are found in a wide array of colors; green (tsavorite), Christmas red (anthill), bright yellow to yellowish-orange (spessertite), orange (hessontite) -- in fact it was once thought that the only color garnet could not be found in in blue. However, in the early 1990's it was discovered in in Bekily, Madagascar and has since been found in other areas as well. It occurs only very rarely.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Our Sterling Silver Red Garnet Ring features
      a radiant red garnet oval stone. Rope design edge
      is detailed and unique.

       

      Garnets have been thought to bring healing, protection and strength to stones who wear this beautiful stone. In addition, presumably thanks to it's most famous deep blood red color, it is believed to regulate the heart and blood flow. Garnet has also long been used as a symbol of friendship. In fact, according to legend, if you wear garnets they will improve your personal relationships and protect you from harm -- and that benefit DOUBLES if you are born in the month of January!

       

       

    • Garnet -- The Birthstone for January

      The juicy, red garnet, is the perfect birthstone for the month of January. With its deep red tones, it is a warm contrast to the month it represents. Though the dark reddish-brown garnets are the most common variety; folks born in the month January are quite fortunate to be able to choose from a wide assortment of colors. The reason is, these fantastic gemstones come in just about every color -- and all are acceptable to wear as a birthstone! That should come as great news to anyone who was born in this wonderful (and of course chilly) month.

      Some of the varieties of garnet include:

      • Mozambique – is the dark reddish-brown variety.
      • Tsavorite – is a stunning dark green color.
      • Spessartite – is a beautiful orange color.
      • Rhodolite – is the purplish red variety.
      • Ant Hill – described as  “Christmas red.”

       

      Garnets have a long and rich history. It has been recorded, that the early Egyptians used these gemstones to make beautiful bracelets and necklaces as early as 3100 BC! That was a long time ago. Garnets have also been widely used as an abrasive for thousands of years.

      The garnet gets its name from the Latin word “garanatus” meaning seed like. The reason is, the dark red stones were associated with the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Because of this, the ancient Greeks used it as a symbol of a quick return and separated love. There is a Greek myth about Hades giving a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him – to insure her speedy return.

      Today garnet is a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship

      At Charming Chick we are pleased to offer several beautiful garnet pieces. We have a striking set of sterling silver chandelier garnet earrings, an amazing oval faceted pendant, and a wonderfully unique garnet leaf ring – any of which would make a fantastic gift for someone with a January birthday.

    • Garnet: The Gemstone of Commitment

      With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, love is in the air here at Charming Chick.  I recently found out that Garnet is known as the gemstone of commitment, making it the perfect gift for a girlfriend, fiance or wife.

      We've added a beautiful new collection just in time for Valentine's Day called Forever Love.  These items are hand-made here in the U.S.  Since they are rare (only a limited number are produced) and they are exceptional quality, these stunning Sterling Silver jewelry pieces are the perfect gift for someone you love.  Below are the Forever Love designs that feature Garnet:

      Garnet Necklace Garnet Earrings Garnet Jewelry Set

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