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.
Harry Winston Winston Candy ring in platinum and 18K yellow gold with orange spessartine garnet, pink sapphire, rubellite, and diamond, price on request, harrywinston.com
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.
Sanjay Kasliwal earrings in 18K white and yellow gold with garnet and diamond, price on request, sanjaykasliwal.com
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.
Lydia Courteille ring in 18K white gold with orange spessartine garnet and diamond, price on request, lydiacourteille.com
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.
John Hardy Kali bracelet in 18K yellow gold, with tourmaline, rhodolite, rubellite, hessonite, spessartine garnet, citrine, spinel, and orange sapphire price on request, johnhardy.com
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.
Katherine Jetter earrings in 18K yellow gold with 19 carats rhodolite garnet, 2.5 carats green tourmaline, and .8 carats diamond, $16,280, katherinejetter.com
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.
Temple St Clair Temple ring in 18K gold with 4.74 carats mandarin garnet and .3 carats diamond, $9,750.00, templestclair.com
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.
Ileana Makri Eternity earrings in 18K yellow gold with 9.42 carats garnet, 2.52 carats brown diamond, and .42 grey diamond, $7,879, ileanamakri.com
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.
Vram Bow ring in 18K pink gold with 10.9 carats garnet, $8,260, vram.com
London-based designer Ara Vartanian embraces the moody side of garnet in these chandelier earrings. They feature different cuts and sizes of garnet accented with reverse-set black diamonds.
Ara Vartanian earrings in 18K yellow gold with garnet and black diamond, price on request, aravartanian.com
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.
Jacquie Aiche Potion Bottle necklace in 14K yellow gold with garnet, $2,965, jacquieaiche.com