Ten Varieties of Garnets You Should Know

Garnets have a long and ancient history, from the beaded necklaces of Egyptian pharaohs, to the carved signet rings of Ancient Rome, to the pavé jewelry of the Victorian Era. These days, January’s birthstone is no longer only for the privileged, and it makes the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. Here are ten important…

Demantoid Garnet, A Green Variety of January’s Birthstone

First discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1860’s, demantoid garnet soon became a sought after gem of European aristocracy. This green gem was set in jewelry of every type, from simple Victorian rings to ornate lavalier pendants. For years it was a favored treasure, until, eventually, the mines became depleted. While this scarcity meant… Read…