Thursday, January 4, 2018

January’s Birthstone! Glorious Garnet!
Garnet in Jewelry and Décor: Garnet has a wide range of natural colors, making it an interesting and beautiful stone to use in jewelry. Garnet, having multiple vibrant colors, is sometimes confused with other popular gems. Touchstone Gallery currently offers a wide variety of this truly glorious birthstone.

Scientific Information: The six most common types of garnet are Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartite, Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. A green garnet also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.

Legend and Lore: Traditionally, garnets are given as a gift on a 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. This is because garnet is said to be a representation of love, purity, truth, and compassion. Many people also believe that garnet has several therapeutic properties. Garnets were also often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages.

Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of garnet and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at

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