This Month’s Birthstone

January - Garnet

January’s birthstone, Garnet, comes in a number of different varieties and in a number of different colours. The most frequently seen types are Almandine and Pyrope which are a deep red colour and very beautiful. Lesser known types include Hessonite, a golden brown colour and Demantoid, a bright green colour which can be confused with emerald. Garnets are reasonably hard stones which take a very high polish and its this, together with their natural beauty, that makes them so suitable for jewellery. The Victorians particularly liked the dark red stones and often set them in yellow or rose gold in rings, bracelets and necklets. Today the reds are still the most popular and are used both in budget priced jewellery and in more exclusive pieces.

Parrys has a selection of rings, pendants and earrings – come and have a look!