Monday, January 5, 2015

Garnets ... not just the birthstone for January

Garnets and garnet jewelry from Gypsum Moon on etsy

Garnets are the birthstone for the month of January - one of the few months that hasn't seen a change in birthstone since the 16th century - and one of the astral stones for the sign of Capricorn, but they are, of course, quite a bit more than that.

Garnets have been used decoratively, as gemstones, and in a utilitarian way, as a fine polishing tool, since the Bronze Age - approximately 3300 BCE.

Garnets are most often seen in shades of red and orange, from deep marsala blood reds to brownish reds to fiery tangerine shades, but can also less commonly be found in colors like blue, green, purple, pink, and even colorless.

Kay and I both love garnets, so it's pretty awesome for us that North Carolina is so full of them - it's not unusual at all to look down on our property and spot them.  Kay wrote a great blog post about some of her garnet mining adventures a few months back that you can read again by clicking here.

The Little Pine Garnet Mine near Asheville, NC
If you like garnets too, take a look at the vintage sterling silver, vermeil, and yellow gold garnet jewelry we have listed right now in our Style shop on etsy, and drop by our etsy Rocks shop to see the display specimens of garnets and other garnet pretties there.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we talk a bit about the 6 different species of garnet - and show you some more pretties, of course.

We love to hear from you - comments welcome!  Please feel free to ask garnet questions in the comments, too.

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry. and accessories for women and men.


  1. Great post! Saving links for gift ideas for my January-born friends :)