Friday, December 27, 2013

January's Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet Vintage Czech Glass Crystal Faceted Bicones.
Garnet Vintage Czech Glass Crystal Faceted Bicones.
January's birthstone is the garnet.
The gemstone garnet comes in shades of green, yellow, orange and red. We have a selection of stunning faux garnets at Bumbershoot Supplies and Bumbershoot Designs. When it comes to the vintage stones, garnet refers to a deep red color and faux vintage garnet stones and beads are often faceted to emulate the gemstone.

Garnet Vintage Glass Pear Teardrops.
Garnet Vintage Swarovski Crystal Beads.

Garnets have been used in jewelry since Roman times. The gemstone is the state gemstone in Connecticut, New York and Idaho. It has been the birthstone for January since medieval times. Garnets have been associated with friendship and loyalty.

Garnet Vintage Swarovski Rhinestone Earrings.
Garnet Vintage Rhinestone 60ss Round Glass Jewel.
Garnet Vintage Glass Heart Rhinestone Jewel.

In 1870 Tiffany & Co. published a birthstone poem in one of their pamphlets. The January poem goes:

"By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."

Garnet Vintage Swarovski Rhinestone Pear Jewel.

For friendly inspiration, we invite you to browse our vintage faux garnet collections at Bumbershoot Designs and Bumbershoot Supplies.

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