Gorgeous garnets: The best birthstone jewellery for January

Ellie Goodman

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5 January 2022

Bringing love, luck and light, garnets make the perfect gift for January’s child

5 January 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

One of the oldest known gemstones, garnets have been revered for millennia by cultures worldwide for their vibrant hues and protective, healing qualities. Representing the heart, creativity, courage, and the feminine life force, the semi-precious stones have long been worn by royalty – such as Queen Victoria and the Russian Czarinas – to offer protection from harm, as well as to ward off melancholy and improve circulation.

Symbolising life, light and love, garnet jewellery is a perfect gift for January babies, and this versatile gemstone can be found at almost any price point. Whether you’re looking for some everyday sparkle or dazzling high jewellery, here’s our pick of the best garnet birthstone jewellery for January…

Harry Winston

Though most commonly resembling shining pomegranate seeds – they are thought to take their name from the Latin granatum, meaning grain or seed – garnets come in an array of shades, each rarer than the last. This high jewellery ring by Harry Winston features a vivid orange, 25.18 carat cushion-cut spessartite garnet, surrounded by 18 pink sapphires, 42 diamonds and 12 peridots, set in platinum and 18K yellow gold. A veritable feast for the eyes, much like its name might suggest, this ring looks good enough to eat.

Candy spessartite garnet ring with peridots, pink sapphires and diamonds, POA, harrywinston.com

Dower & Hall

Sometimes less really is more. These low-key drop earrings by Dower & Hall feature twinkling hammered sterling silver discs, which perfectly complement the luminous garnets suspended within. Perfect for wearing anywhere and everywhere, they’re sure to become a time-honoured favourite.

Hammered disc and garnet array drop earrings, £138, dowerandhall.com

Sarah & Sebastian

Inspired by the ‘wine-dark’ sea in Homer’s The Odyssey, this recycled gold necklace by Sarah & Sebastian features rich red marquise-cut garnets, which are graduated in size, reminiscent of the slow roll of ocean waves. Understated and elegant, this chain sits delicately just above the collarbone and features a concealed clasp, allowing those wine-dark garnet waves to flow seamlessly around the neck.

Sarah & Sebastian Winedark recycled gold chain, £3,170, net-a-porter.com

Anissa Kermiche

If your January birthday girl likes to make a statement, Anissa Kermiche’s Cotillion cocktail ring should do nicely. Crafted in France, stunning freshwater pearls encircle a flaming red pear-cut garnet, all set on a simple slim gold band, sure to draw attention from across the dancefloor.

Cotillion Pearl Garnet ring, £690, brownsfashion.com

Annoushka

Annoushka’s unisex Lovelocket is ideal for the romantic in your life. Featuring a glowing square-cut garnet, framed by white diamonds, the charm has a hidden chamber designed to fit a photo, lock of hair or similar token of affection. Layered on a gold Cable chain alongside Annoushka’s Initial and Zodiac pendants, this contemporary piece completes an exemplary expression of its wearer, with points for added sentimental value.

Lovelocket Birthstone charm, £2,900, annoushka.com

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough’s birthstone collection is a firm favourite, and January’s doesn’t disappoint. Set within two interlocked 18 carat yellow gold rings, a vibrant red garnet takes centre stage, supported on either side by a trio of sparkling diamonds.

Garnet and diamond pendant, £1,100, kiki.co.uk

Pascale Monvoisin

Long associated with love, garnet jewellery makes the perfect gift for someone very special. Parisian designer Pascale Monvoisin nails it with her L’amour ring. Taking inspiration from the brand’s French roots, this perfectly imperfect ring features a radiant heart-cut garnet set in a 9 carat gold medallion, intricately engraved with beaming rays of light and a cross detail. Oui, j’adore.

Pascale Monvoisin L’amour gold garnet ring, £800, net-a-porter.com

Sorellina

Inspired by wandering gypsies, Sorellina’s Nomad earrings offset a dangling pink garnet with a double row of diamonds around the hoop. Set in 18 carat yellow gold and blackened white gold, these delicate huggies catch the light from all directions, playfully sparkling and swaying as you move – happy birthday indeed!

Nomad garnet and diamond earrings, £1,990, net-a-porter.com

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