Garnet has been used in jewelry for thousands of years, and you might think that there’s little that can be done with it that hasn’t before. Think again! Garnet jewelry comes in a vast variety of styles, including a number of fresh looks that make this stone completely new.
Since the Bronze Age, garnet jewelry has been sought after and admired. The ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans all favored this stone for its deep red sparkle—the same crimson glimmer that allows it to take on fresh looks today.
Vintage styles may not be new, but their distinctly feminine looks can take on a fresh sensibility when set with a stone that’s as rich and bold as the garnet. The Victorian Emerald-Cut Garnet Ring in 14K White Gold is a striking example. This ring turns a 10mm by 8mm emerald-cut garnet into a piece of fine art by surrounding it with a frame of intricately-carved white gold. If you look closely, you’ll see that this frame, as well as the band that holds it, is adorned with tiny engraved flowers, adding a sweet surprise for all who take the time to let their eyes linger upon this sophisticated piece as it turns old-fashioned style into a modern, beautiful statement.
If you’d prefer a look that’s completely modern and thoroughly classy, don’t miss the Mozambique Garnet and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold, a new, stunning addition to Apples of Gold’s collection of garnet rings. This striking pieces features a 6.5mm Mozambique garnet, accented with 46 channel-set diamonds—nearly a quarter carat in all. These accent stones stud the slender band and surround the center gem in two elegant arcs, forming a collar of sparkle. If you’d prefer a warmer look, try this style in rose gold. Either way, this is a design with rare beauty.
As a semiprecious gemstone, garnet is an affordable pick, allowing you to experiment with a wide variety of styles without making a big dent in your bank account. Silver garnet rings are particularly affordable picks as they combine this wallet-friendly gem with an equally affordable metal. Each of the above rings is also available in sterling silver, providing you with pieces that offer rich sparkle that you don’t need to be rich to buy.
Garnet pendants also provide a number of fresh takes on this ancient crimson stone. For instance, the Oval Shaped Contemporary Garnet Pendant features a 0.60 carat oval-shaped garnet that’s hugged with two shining arms of yellow gold that form a graceful teardrop shape around this gem. This simple but eye-catching modern look comes with a coordinating 18-inch chain, making it ready to wear or to give.
The deep red glimmer of garnet allows any of these pieces to communicate affection, in addition to serving as striking fashion statements. Whether you chose one of them for their good looks or their ability to express your love, these styles prove that there are plenty of fresh ways to wear this striking crimson stone.