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How to wear garnet, January’s sophisticated birthstone

Garnet complements every skintone, making it one of the most inclusive precious stones we’ve seen.

When it comes to coloured gemstones, the 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 the garnet’s palette goes beyond the richness of red.

It comes 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 demantoid, the rarest and most expensive garnet, 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 skintone — 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.

Header photo credit: Chaumet

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Coincidentally, London label Anissa Kermiche drew from period dramas in creating this Woman in Red ring. Here, the deep red hues most associated with the garnet is contrasted with the glow of another popular gem of late: the pearl. Still, it’s the pear-cut garnet at the centre, edged by tiny sparkling diamonds, that’s the star of this gold ring.

(Photo credit: Liberty London)


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.

(Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.)

A spessartine garnet of a vibrant orange is also known as the Mandarin garnet, which is what you see in the heart of this colourful Chaumet ring. Exuberant is the best way to describe the accessory; it boasts a myriad of stones such as the equally rare Paraiba tourmaline and the mystical onyx. Another famous type of garnet, the tsavorite, even comes into play with its verdant hues.

(Photo credit Chaumet)

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.

(Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels)

With its rosy hues, the rhodolite garnet is one of the best gems to pair with pink gold, as Boucheron has done in these earrings. There are four rhodolite gems in all, weighing a grand total of 28.73 carats. Each are cut in a drop shape to resemble the head of a snake, and their gorgeous colours are brought out by similar drops of pavé diamonds.

(Photo credit: Boucheron)

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.

(Photo credit: Cartier)

Harry Winston truly outdid itself with this ring, which is really an explosion of colour. The hefty jewellery piece is crafted with a hypnotic tsavorite garnet, which is surrounded by complementary halos of yellow sapphires and Mandarin garnets.

(Photo credit: Harry Winston)

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