Friday, 24 January 2014

The Gemstone Series: January GARNETS

Today is my birthday… so I had no choice but to continue the gemstone series with January’s birthstone: the garnet. From the rich burgundy red of Pyrope garnets, the vibrant green of Tsavorite garnets and to the orange hues of Spessartite garnets and so many others…

Floral cuff bracelet from the Chopard in titanium, set with 25.48ct green tsavorites

Hemmerle brooch in white gold, copper and silver with garnets, diamonds and sapphires
Garnet is derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. 

Brooch Date- 1860–79 Culture- British Medium- gold, garnet Metropolitan Museum of Art
Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

CARTIER African Influences – High Jewelry Earrings White gold, two cabochon-cut mandarin garnets of 24.21 ct

Panthère de Cartier High Jewelry bracelet Platinum, one 63.55-carat cabochon-cut spessartite garnet, garnets, onyx, obsidian, emerald, diamonds