Jewellery

The best January 2022 birthstone jewellery

Celebrate a new year birthday in style with these colourful garnet gemstones. Twenty different coloured garnet designs in reds oranges and greens from Van Cleef & Arpels through to Cartier Chaumet and Dior

By Kim Parker

You’d be forgiven for automatically associating garnets with all shades of red. After all, the gemstone takes its name from the Latin word ‘granatum’, which means ‘seed’, and refers to the gemstone’s striking resemblance to the scarlet-coloured arils (edible seeds) of the pomegranate.

It’s certainly true that fiery-hued garnets have been favoured for millennia. Egyptian pharaohs wore garnet necklaces to channel their supposed healing properties and the ancient Romans used carved garnet rings to seal the wax on important documents. Both the Anglo Saxons and the Celts adorned themselves with the gemstone, believing it protected them from harm, as did Native American healers. In China, where the colour red is considered particularly auspicious, garnets were considered the crystalised form of a tiger’s soul. Even Noah is said to have chosen to bring a glowing red ‘carbuncle’ – a name commonly associated with garnets – into the ark to act as a source of light, when neither the sun nor the moon was visible during the great flood. 

But garnets are actually composed of a range of chemical compositions. As such they can also be found in a veritable rainbow of shades including violet, blue, green, orange and even colour-changing species. During the 19th century, rare green demantoid garnets were discovered in in the Russian Urals and became highly sought after amongst jewellers including Peter Carl Fabergé. Mandarin-coloured spessartite garnets were unearthed in Namibia as recently as the 1990s. Yet their vivid colour and intensely refractive properties ensured they rapidly became one of the most brilliant and valuable gems in a jeweller’s repertoire. 

Garnet is also the birthstone for January. So it makes the perfect gift for anyone born during the first month of the year. Indeed, in European folklore, this birthstone has been regarded as a symbol of friendship, vitality, and trust. Whilst in Indian astrology, the gem is said to boost positivity and confidence, and encourage creative thinking. Colour, light, vigour, and friendship – what more could one want during the dark days of winter? 

Here we’ve selected 20 of the most stunning garnet jewels available to buy now. 

Equinoxe clip in white gold, yellow gold, yellow sapphires, spessartite garnets, white mother-of-pearl, diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels

Trio-colour change garnet ring with diamonds, £6,000, Hirsh London
Tsavorite garnet and diamond earrings, price on request, Liv Luttrell
Garnet and citrine cluster necklace, Ruth Tomlinson
Schlumberger ‘18 Stone’ ring with tsavorites, diamonds, yellow gold and platinum ring, £8,075, Tiffany & Co. 

Mandarin garnet, fire opal and diamond earrings, £12,500, Kiki McDonough
Spessartite garnet, diamond and gemstone necklace, price on request, Harry Winston
Tsavorite garnet, onyx and yellow gold Panthere de Cartier ring, £18,500, Cartier
Garnet huggy earrings, £1,990, Sorellina at Net A Porter
Rose Dior ring with a tsavorite garnet, emeralds, diamonds and yellow gold, price on request, Dior Joaillerie 
Large garnet and rose gold earrings, £8,750, Fernando Jorge

Bracelet with rhodolite garnets, rubies, red tourmalines and diamonds in pink gold, price on request, Chaumet

Garnet, diamond, and yellow gold Major Sun Sign Medallion, £5,900, Harwell Godfrey
Garnet, pearl and yellow gold earrings, £2,190, Tasaki
Grape garnet and yellow gold ring, £4,900, Retrouvai 
Garnet and diamond bracelet with rose gold, £1,970, Pomellato 

Tsavorite garnet and diamond ring, price on request, Emma Clarkson Webb
Vintage garnet and pearl cluster ring £1,410, Fox & Bond
Garnet, diamond, and yellow gold earrings, £2,775, Anthony Lent

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