And guess what?
Recent discoveries in Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar have revealed the Color Change garnet (which sits between Pyrope and Spessartine). These garnets display a green/blue color in daylight and fluorescent light but turn a deep red/purple under incandescent light.
Check out this video of a Color Change garnet stone transforming from violet-red to a stunning blue-green:
See why you have so many options for January birthstone jewelry? You don't need another birthstone when garnet jewelry comes in so many colors. And part of that has to do with where garnet is formed and mined.
Where Does Garnet Come From?
Garnet forms in all types of rocks and can be found on every continent (except Antarctica). It's mined in over 30 countries worldwide.
Early garnet mining first occurred in what’s now the Czech Republic. Here miners discovered “Bohemian garnet,” a traditional, wine-colored Pyrope garnet.
During the 1800s, green garnet appeared in the Ural Mountains of Russia and became highly beloved by the Russian royal family. These Demantoid garnets are still mined in Russia and have been found in Italy, Korea, Namibia, and Zaire. Their green Tsavorite garnet relatives mainly come from Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
India and Sri Lanka boast the most Hessonite garnet. And Spessartine garnet has a niche in Bavaria, Germany, making them a local favorite.
Though Africa mines most of the world's garnet supply, garnets are mined in Myanmar, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States (in places like Kentucky, California, and North Carolina) as well.
Is Garnet Right for You?
Garnet makes an affordable gem option to celebrate a January birthday, anniversary, or special milestone (like graduation or retirement).
You can score a garnet birthstone in almost every color of the rainbow, making it easy to customize gorgeous January birthstone jewelry for anyone's signature style.
Plus, garnets play well with other birthstones like topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and pearl. And it looks equally fantastic in sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold settings.