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The striking Garnet is the official birthstone for January! It signifies protection, friendship, trust, commitment and love! 

Garnets are primarily known as a dramatic deep-red stone available in a variety of rich red hues – but garnets have been discovered in most every color of the rainbow (of all the garnet colors, blue garnets are perhaps the rarest).

Garnets can range from completely opaque to sharply translucent. There are also garnets found with inclusions – inclusions that may create interesting star-shaped patterns or even a change in color as the gem reflects rays of light.


Garnets have been discovered in a diverse range of hues thanks to their formation from a wide range of minerals. Mineral compositions and their associated garnet colors are:

  • Almandine: Typically deep red, but may also appear as a dark brownish red or black.
  • Andradite: Red, yellow, green, and brown tones.
  • Grossular: Mostly green, but may also be brownish red or yellow.
  • Pyrope: Red. The most common type used in early jewelry pieces.
  • Spessartine: Orange.
  • Uvarovite: Bright green.
Red garnet and green garnet jewelry at Joslin's Jewelry.

Joslin’s has a great selection of classic red garnet and unique green garnet pieces!

Garnets are found around the world, often as individual crystals or pebbles, or sometimes as inter-crystal clumps. Many of the garnets used in today’s jewelry are found on the African continent in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Garnets are also found in the United States, Brazil, China, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Poland, Finland, Russia, Myanmar, and more! Garnet is also said to keep the wearer safe during travel.

Garnet Jewelry

Joslin’s has wide variety of garnet jewelry available in deep reds and also bright greens. Garnets are rated a 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale. This means they are strong enough to be used in many jewelry applications – but are not recommended for pieces that are designed for daily wear, like engagement rings for example. When wearing and storing garnets, it’s best to keep them out of contact with harder gems, as those harder stones may cause damage to the garnet if they have repeated contact or friction.

Although garnets may not be a stalwart of daily wear, they are excellent for special occasion pieces such as pendants, earrings, broaches, and more!

Joslin’s has a beautiful collection of garnet jewelry in classic deep-red hues and vibrant greens! Visit Joslin’s today for a stunning gift perfect for a special someone in your life!