Believed to bring happiness, health and wealth, garnet is a popular precious stone as it suits various skin tones and can easily be used for a variety of designs. Here are the garnet jewellery pieces that have caught our attention.
When it comes to coloured gemstones, garnet sparkles with possibilities. Sure, the gem may have derived its name from the Latin word for pomegranate, due to its resemblance to the fruit’s seeds, but garnet’s palette goes beyond the richness of red. In an array of colours like deep violet, as is the case of the rhodololite, or a fiery orange, as seen in the spessartite, the rarest and most expensive garnet, is the demantoid, which boasts a green hue vibrant enough to rival the emerald. And we’re just barely scratching the surface of this precious gem.
You may have even spotted a couple of garnets in Bridgerton, the period drama that has taken over Netflix. The gem was particularly popular in the Regency era, when the show is set. It was affordable, believe it or not, and complements every skin tone — a variety of which we see in the diverse cast of the Netflix series.
Whether you’re a Bridgerton fan looking for accessories to complete your Regencycore look, or you’re on the hunt for a dazzling gift for your friends born in January (that’s when the garnet is the official birthstone), we’ve listed all the stunning jewellery pieces that bring out the beauty of the underrated gemstone.
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A contemporary combination of white gold and garnet, the Valiant Femme earrings from Bluestone are perfect for a modern-day warrior princesses. The sharp edges and metallic tassels with a garnet at the center keep the attention on your lobes even when paired with a classic silhouette.
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Tiffany & Co. made a good call in using the spessartine garnet in its Soleste ring. The ring, after all, is inspired by the sun, which the oval-cut, orange gem brilliantly mimics. It even has rays in the form of round diamonds that bring out its radiance.
What’s more impressive is that this gem weighs 7.35 carats, given that spessartines are extremely rare to find in the mines of Africa today. Even harder it is to find it in Spessart, the German mountains where the gem was first discovered.
Image: Courtesy Tiffany & Co.
Van Cleef & Arpels once again drew on its love for nature for another of its signature Between the Finger rings. This one features a pair of butterflies, whose wings are beautifully embellished with green tsavorite garnets and diamonds — a mesmerising combination indeed.
Image: Courtesy Van Cleef & Arpels
With its rosy hues, the rhodolite garnet is one of the best gems to pair with diamonds, and this Irasva ring in white gold captures this unity. The gorgeous raspberry-red gemstone is said to bring love to the wearer. Surrounded by diamonds this beauty is a great gift for a January born.
Image: Courtesy Irasva
Cartier has offered countless iterations of its iconic panther motif, but this one is among our favourites. The head of the ferocious feline is meticulously cut and sculpted with bold lines of white gold. That only emphasises the fire of its green eyes, made of sparkling tsavorite garnet, which sit above an onyx nose.
Image: Courtesy Cartier
A modern take of the traditional Indian navratna necklace comprising nine gemstones is this beautiful creation by Hazoorilal Legacy South Extension. A bed of round brilliant-cut diamonds create the backdrop for the nine gems: Diamond, pearl, red coral, hessonite garnet, sapphire, cat’s eye, yellow sapphire, and emerald mounted in 18kt yellow gold.
Image: Courtesy Hazoorilal Legacy South Extension