The January birthstone is garnet. Garnets are said to bring good fortune to people born in the month of January.
Garnets are naturally found in colors that range from pale red to dark brown. The color that is most often found in jewelry is a deep burgundy red. Garnets are usually cut into faceted shapes, with many tiny faces cut into the surface of the stone to reflect light and create a sparkle or they are cut into cabochons. Cabochon cut stones have a smooth surface and this emphasizes the pure nature of the stone. High quality garnets are sometimes used as a substitute for rubies. Garnets look stunning when cut in either style and the choice between the two types of cut is very much down to personal style.
Buying January Birthstone Garnet Jewelry
Garnet jewelry is available in many different types and styles. Garnets are also a popular choice with artisan jewelers meaning that there is a wide choice to choose from with options available for all budgets. Rings, pendants and earrings are all widely available set with garnets and these are found in both silver and gold. Garnets also look lovely when teamed with other stones and one elegant choice is garnets and pearls.
Garnets are also cut into bead shapes. These are typically smaller shapes and they include shapes such as tear drops, squares and buttons. This wide range of types of bead make garnets an excellent choice for someone looking for something a little different.
The alternate January birthstone is rose quartz. This is a beautiful gemstone that is found in all hues of pink, from the very deep colors to the palest of creamy pinks. Rose quartz is an extremely popular stone and is relatively low cost, making it a great choice for many types of jewelry.