Birthstones and their vivid colors connect rare and unique gemstones with the months of the year. They can be a meaningful gift for those celebrating a birthday or birth when that month's stone is incorporated into handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry that tells a unique story.
Read below to learn about this month's birthstone and jewelry pieces in the Original Eve collection that feature this beautiful gem.
January Birthstone: Garnet
The word Garnet derives from the 14th century "gernet", which described a deep red color. Though it is largely thought of as being a deep red hue, Garnet comes in a variety of autumnal colors due to differing chemical compositions of the gem. Garnet colors include Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray, and Black.
Over the last few years, Original Eve has had several garnets in the collection and used beautiful garnets in custom pieces. Take a look at some of our favorite garnets below and shoot me a message if you'd like to create a similar piece!
BiColor Green Garnet Earrings display crisp color-zoning of green and black. With a rose cut surface that displays a sharp luster thanks to garnet's remarkable hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, the garnets featured in these earrings are of the Grossular Garnet family.
Grossular garnets have the widest range of colors of any garnet type. Ranging from transparent to opaque, green to yellow brown, yellow-orange to reddish orange and even colorless.
This 18k recycled yellow gold sunflower is a memorial piece for the wearer's mother. The sunflower has been rendered with organic realism. The petals fold to hold a 3.93-carat cushion cut yellow garnet in place--yellow being her mother's favorite color.
The pendant hangs from a bail hidden in the unfurling petals, seamlessly integrated into the form.
Rhodolite Garnets have a gorgeous purplish red hue. Rhodolite Garnet is named after the Greek 'rhodon' meaning "rose" and 'lithos' meaning "stone" due to its rose-like coloration.
This custom created gold necklace features a Rhodolite Garnet with a shocking raspberry red hue and a beautiful asymmetrical silhouette. The checkerboard facets across the surface cause light to dance along the face of the gem.
This necklace was gifted by the sister-of-the-bride to the bride for her wedding day, using the bride’s garnet birthstone as a focal point in this contemporary and clean design.
This raspberry-colored Rhodolite garnet ring features an asymmetrical, fancy-cut garnet set in matte-finished 18k recycled yellow gold. The setting includes the leaf motif present throughout the Amazon Collection. With a sculptural band that curves for comfort between the fingers and grows under the finger to counterbalance the garnet, every detail, down to the cut-out beneath the garnet that echoes its silhouette, has been considered.
I have a similar Rhodolite Garnet with a fancy shape in my stash at the moment. If you are interested in created a custom piece with January's birthstone using the raspberry garnet below, please shoot me an email: