Year of Jewelry Week 2: January's Birthstone, Garnet

If you're familiar with my work, you'd probably be surprised to learn that my favorite color is red.  Garnets are one of my favorite stones, and for many years, my signature stone was a Tsavorite garnet (which is green, but I digress).  Since I work primarily with sea glass, and red sea glass is extremely rare, I tend to stick to a cooler pallet.  However, it's the weekly theme for YOJ and a great excuse to work with something in the hue of the Pantone Color of the Year, Masala.

Garnet is said to balance, strengthen, protect and ground the wearer.  When paired with pearls, they are said to attract love.  From a more practical standpoint, garnets are a terrific choice for rings because they have a Mohs hardness of approximately 7, which is pretty tough.  They also come in a wide range of colors including reds, pinks, browns, greens, and everything in between.  Some have blended colors (where two or more different types are found together) and some types of garnets even change colors! 

I've had some great garnets sitting in my stash for a while.  Look for a few more pieces to make their way into the collection this year!