Garnets: A Talisman for January

Garnet: the name of this gemstone is consonant with another word that means juicy berry, the Latin 'granatus' or 'granum' means 'pomegranate seed' or 'seed'. I found myself asking is this merely a coincidence? I can’t help but wonder whether it’s the case that the pomegranate tree, which can be found from Europe to the Himalayas, and everywhere in between, is the source of this linguistic coincidence. Perhaps it is the case that, wherever people found nests of these crimson gems, they found themselves comparing it to the fruit of the pomegranate tree. It is no doubt true that the resemblance between the two remains apparent!

This beautiful semi-precious stone comes in such famous and valuable varieties as demantoid, tsavorite, rhodolite, spessartine and many more. It has a broad colour palette: shades of red, orange, green, purple, and black are common. Even chameleon garnets are not unheard of! Indeed, this stunning mineral can be completely transparent or even invisible entirely.

Louis Vuitton Conquêtes collection necklace with 16.82ct mandarin garnet and diamonds in white gold

Garnets, however, cannot boast of hardness. Depending on the variety, the gemstone falls anywhere between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale. However, this does not prevent it from being a favourite of the jewellery world. Its popularity is also helped by the global nature of its sourcing. Mining of this mineral is truly international and deposits are found as far afield as Russia, the Czech Republic, India, Canada, Brazil, Tanzania and Madagascar. However, one should not fall into the trap of thinking that, as a consequence of this geographic diversity, the market is oversaturated with these minerals. Tsavorites and spessartites are rarely found naturally, and are especially rare in high carats. As a consequence they are considered collectable stones.

It is due to their rarity that modern jewellers value garnet varieties that possess orange or green shades even more highly. The juiciness of their colour allows one to create stunning and indeed deeply memorable jewellery. Furthermore, thanks to their investment value, these stones are perfect for high art jewellery and allow for the expansion of one’s jewellery’s colour pallette. Fans of famous designers and brands will probably remember orange spessartine in the collections of Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, and the bright green demantoid in the works of IVY, Hemmerle, Dior, Theodoros, Faberge and JAR. This list is far from exhaustive, and the popularity of the gemstone in high fashion jewellery cannot be overstated. As you can see, the choice of garnets is huge in terms of colour and price range. On the one hand, it’s not hard to find something deeply personal amidst this ocean of choice, but on the other, it is quite possible to become paralysed by choice. To make life easier for you, readers, I have put together the garnet based jewellery that I think deserves your attention.

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