Birthstone of January - Garnet
Like me you may assume garnet is an everyday gemstone as far as jewellery is concerned. I was surprised to find that at the auction of the estate of Jackie Kennedy in 1996, a striking cabochon garnet flower brooch was sold for $145,000.
Although we expect garnets to be red, they can range from red through orange, yellow and green. With the emerald green demantoid being the most valuable. Garnet has a hardness score of 7 out of 7.5 which makes it a popular choice for wearing.
Garnet is believed to promote contemplation and truthfulness.
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