Look beyond classic red garnets this year, and embrace the full spectrum of this gorgeous January birthstone. Garnet comes in a wide range of hues, including green, orange, and purple. Some stones, like green tsavorite or purple-red rhodolite, have their own names and typically don’t include garnet in the name. In this feature, we focus on classic red garnet and other reddish hues, like rhodolite, mandarin garnet, and orange spessartine garnet (sometimes called spessartite). These stones can range in color from bright, juicy orange to a deep red hue.
High-jewelry designers like Harry Winston and Lydia Courteille use large garnets as central stones in stunning, one-of-a-kind rings, certainly one of the most elegant and extravagant ways to showcase January’s birthstone, while others highlight the darker, moody beauty of deep red garnet in beautiful earrings.
The Winston Candy collection is a gorgeous set of candy-colored cocktail rings. Each ring features a different center stone that is surrounded by gemstones in contrasting colors. It is truly the most marvelous candy box you could imagine. This ring features a significant orange spessartine garnet surrounded by pink sapphire, rubellite, and diamond in a unique arrangement.
These stunning Sanjay Kasliwal flower-inspired earrings feature beautiful red garnets as flower petals. The design alternates oval- and marquise-cut garnets, enclosing them in a diamond-set frame. The center of the flowers is made from brilliant diamonds.
This exceptional bracelet from Wendy Yue showcases the designer’s artistry. She transforms gold into incredibly lifelike calla lily flowers and leaves. The level of detail is astounding, as leaves crinkle and curl around the bracelet, and she uses an array of fancy-colored diamonds to showcase the depth of the flowers. In the center of this beautiful bouquet is a 15.98-carat rhodolite garnet, surrounded by diamonds and pearls.
Wendy Yue Calla Lily bracelet in 18K rose gold with 15.98-carat rhodolite garnet, 9.97 carats white diamond, 3.38 carats yellow diamond, 4.29 fancy-colored diamond, 1.55 carats champagne diamond, and pearl, $90,250, wendyyue.com
Parisian jeweler Lydia Courteille is known for her intricate and inspired high jewelry and fantastical collections. This ring is a fresh take on a cocktail ring, surrounding an orange spessartine garnet with diamond flowers and a crown.
John Hardy’s Kali bracelet doesn’t fit the traditional definition of birthstone jewelry, but we love it just the same. It features two different garnets — rhodolite and spessartine — among a host of other red-, orange-, and yellow-colored gemstones in different cuts and sizes.
Katherine Jetter is known for her expertise in colored gemstones, and she always sources the most magnificent examples possible. These earrings showcase 19 carats of gorgeous rhodolite garnet accented with green tourmaline and diamond.
Temple St. Clair
Designer Temple St Clair’s signature Temple rings feature a rainbow of gemstones with diamond accents, each with a slightly different design. This ring features a 4.75-carat mandarin garnet in a beautiful, hand-crafted yellow gold setting.
Greek designer Ileana Makri was inspired by the jewelry of the 1920s when she designed these one-of-a-kind Eternity earrings. They feature nearly 10 carats of garnets surrounded by grey diamonds. On the side of the earrings, she sets 2.52 carats of brown diamond, so they sparkle from every angle.
Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Vram is known for his modern design. We love this unique setting, with three circles of pink gold wrapping around the finger. It features a large 10.9-carat cabochon-cut carnet, and the ring is one of a kind.
Embrace the moodiness of rich, red garnet with Jacquie Aiche’s Potion Bottle necklace. The carved garnet bottle hangs from a delicate gold chain. You can fill the bottle with a liquid of your choice, such as an essential oil or your favorite perfume.