Garnet: Gem of Faith

By:Robin Lefkowitz-Huska, guest blogger

The garnet gemstone is often associated with its deep red hue, but the most common misconception about garnets is that the gemstone is only produced in an array of reds from rust colored to deep violet-red.

In actuality, garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals that come in a rich palette of colors, from burgundy red to light, translucent green. Out of all the garnet colors, the rarest are blue, colorless and changing colors in different lights.

Garnets were first discovered in Madagascar in the late 1990s. Since then, garnets have been found in many different countries such as the US, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Sir Lanka and Myanmar and Turkey.

The word originates from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” which means dark red. It derives from the Latin word “granatum” meaning seed closely resembling the beautiful deep red hue of pomegranate seeds.

January’s Birthstone

Those born in the month of January are lucky to have this beautiful and diverse garnet as their birthstone. Garnets are commonly red but also come in a spectrum of beautiful colors, including orange, yellow, purple, and green. There are even garnets that will change color going from blue to purple in different lighting. Some believe the true value of the garnet birthstone is its power to bring the wearer good health, wealth, and happiness.


  • In ancient Rome, garnets were featured in signet rings worn by clergy and nobility to stamp the wax that secured significant documents.
  • It was the Victorians who popularized the gemstone by designing some of the largest and most exquisite statement jewelry pieces made with clusters of tiny red garnets.
  • Praised throughout the ancient Middle Ages, garnets were worn as protection amulets by soldiers going into battle, people who wanted to ward off plagues and healers would place them into wounds of the injured.
  • Red garnets adorned the necks of Egyptian rulers and were buried with mummified bodies as prized possessions for the afterlife.
  • Garnet was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God.
  • Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 B.C
  • Garnets range from a 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale
  • Plato, the famous philosopher, has his portrait engraved on the face of a garnet.
  • Demantoid garnet is among the rarest and most valuable from garnet family. It is a remarkable green variety of andradite garnet that was discovered in the mid-1800s in Russia.

January-Born Celebrities

The first month of year is full of celebrities’ birthdays: Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Zayn Malik, Howard Stern, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jackie Robinson, Kerry Washington.

Shop Roman Jeweler’s Gabriel & Co.’s full selection of garnet jewelry here.


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All that Glittered this Holiday in Central NJ

Roman Jewelers, like all of us had an unusual–at best–holiday shopping season. Despite the challenges, we still enjoy the romance of the season—meeting our #RomanJewelersRomantic couples, who were celebrating with wedding news and proposals. We loved that we were able to keep everyone safe with mostly “appointment” shopping and that jewelry put smiles on everyone’s faces. There were also some “top jewelry trends” of the Season that we wanted to share with our friends. 

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Sparkle and Sophistication–The Annual Simon G Event

It’s that time of the year…our customer’s favorite designer, Simon G.,  is back with the entire collection of diamonds and colored gemstone jewelry. Sparkle this holiday and everyday of the year! Saturday, December 5th-Sunday December 6th.

Simon G’s trunk show at Roman Jewelers is the premier jewelry event in Central NJ this season,  and by making a personal appointment, Roman Jewelers can provide a luxury, one-on-one experience. The well-being of our customers and associates remains our top priority. Click for an appointment.

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Shop the way you are most Comfortable

This Holiday Season, Roman Jewelers wants to provide options for customers to shop the way they feel most comfortable. This includes in-store by appointments, virtual appointments, curbside pick up, and online.  Of course, the well-being of our customers and associates remains our top priority and we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe shopping experience, no matter how you choose to shop and we are encouraging Personal Appointments.

By making a personal appointment, Roman Jewelers can provide a luxury, one-on-one, safe experience with little or no wait time in our store.

Use this link to set up: There is a drop down menu to help you navigate, as well as a space to fill out any special requests! This will help our staff to service you better. Thank you! And Happy Holidays!


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Sparkle & Shine this Holiday with Italian designer, Roberto Coin

Roman Jewelers is hosting a Trunk Show, featuring an exclusive collection from Roberto Coin, the quintessential Italian fine jeweler since 1977. Creator of sophistication, blending modernity and tradition, every single design is created with absolute freedom to magnify beauty and personality of the woman who wears it. The show will be held from Friday November 13th to Sunday, November 15th.

To provide a safe and luxury experience for guests, this event will be by appointment at the Bridgewater store. A complimentary gift with Roberto Coin purchase is available.

RSVP to through this link or by calling 908.575.1242

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Annual Ring Restyle Event by Appointment

Ladies, you still love him….so why not love your engagement ring, too? Roman Jewelers is hosting the annual Ring Restyle event —EXTENDED THIS YEAR–from October 8 – 18.  And, in order to provide a safe and luxury experience, we will  be accepting appointments for this event. When you make and appointment, and a purchase, you will also receive a free pair of aquamarine earrings. So now is the absolute best time to reset your diamond for an UPDATED look …or UPGRADE! There’s hundreds of rings to choose from…many 20% off. Or design your own. Financing IS available, so it’s TRULY the best time to start loving your ring again! Make an appointment today and reserve your spot!

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BOGO Bracelet Bash!

Roman Jewelers will be hosting a BOGO Bracelet Bash Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 30th. The event will take place in store, and customers are encouraged to make appointments to limit store occupancy and enjoy a more private shopping experience. The event showcases Gabriel & Co’s iconic Bujukan collection of bracelets perfect for stacking. The bracelets are designed with pure sophistication and radiance through handcrafted arcs of gold spheres, radiant mini-cluster diamonds and chains of perfect gold circles. During this event, shoppers will receive a choice of a free sterling silver bracelet with purchase from selected merchandise. Appointments can be made by clicking the graphic above or contacting the store at (908) 575-1242. We look forward to seeing you!

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Annual Wedding Ring Event — Shop your Way! But Don’t Miss Out

The Bridal Event you’ve been waiting for is here…And Roman Jewelers has provided several ways for you to take advantage of it! The Annual Buy One Get One Wedding Ring event at Roman Jewelers  is from July 16 – 26. Receive a wedding band with purchase of a wedding band…along with 12 months interest free financing if you qualify and complementary engraving.  Shop by making a personal appointment, Virtual Appointment, With Curbside Pick Up or Online. (*With Minimum Purchase of $1,000. Free band applies to Cobalt and Tunsgsten Bands only. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchases). Make an appointment.

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Let’s celebrate all the women protecting and helping during these difficult times! We are giving away TEN Freshwater Pearl Necklaces to all those Moms or women that have embraced the role of mom….From first responders, medical workers, and teachers to essential workers in the food or delivery service and more. Tell us how they have selflessly made your life and the lives of others better! And Thank You from the bottom of our Hearts

To Enter: Nominate the Supermom by tagging them and telling us a bit about their story on the front lines.

Contest ends on May 10, Mother’s Day, at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be chosen on Monday, May 11. Prizes will be shipped. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or associated in anyway with Instagram/Facebook.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide

The perfect stacking look from Gabriel is a perfectly Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift

The day of love is quickly approaching, so if you don’t have your gift in mind it’s time to act fast. Don’t fret, we’ve listed eight lovely Valentine’s Day jewelry gifts for the special lady in your life!

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Marco Bicego Trunk Show

Join Roman Jewelers on December 14th as we celebrate Italian Luxury with Designer Italian Jewelry from Marco Bicego. Representatives will be at the store to share the collection.

Designer Marco Bicego combines traditional techniques of Italian craftsmanship and contemporary design to create handcrafted luxury Italian jewelry in 18k gold. Appointments accepted


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Black Friday Give-a-way

If you’re wondering where’s the best place to shop in Central Jersey Black Friday…Our Black Friday offer will be music to your ears. This Black Friday ONLY –November 29th — Roman Jewelers is giving BOSE noise cancelling wireless headphones with any $1,500.00 purchase while supplies last. So, this holiday, give something memorable—a gift of jewelry…and receive BOSE noise cancelling Headphones. Two gifts. One store. Click for appointment, or just stop in.

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