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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Simon G Event, the Trunk Show of the year!

It’s that time of the year…our customer’s favorite designer, Simon G.,  is back with the entire collection of diamonds and colored gemstones! Saturday, December 7th. Simon G’s trunk show at Roman Jewelers is the premier jewelry event in Central NJ this season, so don’t miss it. Click for an appointment.

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You Cannot Make a Mistake Buying a Tanzanite

Custom designed tanzanite pendant
Custom-designed tanzanite pendant by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater, NJ

Would you like to own an heirloom gemstone? If so, Tanzanite may be just the stone. Tanzanite can be bought today, but it is only going to be unearthed from the ground for the next 10 to 15 more years. Beyond our generation, the stone will have to be inherited or bought at auctions. This makes it a perfect choice for a custom designed heirloom piece.

Tanzanite is found only in one place on earth, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A rare stone, with an exquisite mix of purple, blue, and violet hues, the stone is breathtaking. The strong blue and strong blue /violet colors of tanzanite are combined with red flashes that are radiated from within of the gemstone, making it simply irresistible. Tanzanite gemstones range in color from dark royal blue to lighter shades of periwinkle.

Although tanzanite was formed some 585 million years ago, it was not “discovered” until 1967.  Today, this gemstone equally appeals to gemstone collectors and to consumers looking for a custom designed piece that is rare and unique.

Our Roman Jewelers custom jewelry designers call tanzanite a dream-stone. The color of tanzanite goes well with platinum, as well as white and yellow gold. It is also a color that matches all the skin tones.

You cannot make a mistake buying a tanzanite; a beautiful, brilliant, and rare gemstone.  and if you own one and would like to set it in a beautuful one-of-a-kind mounting, we’ll be happy to design it for you. You will wear and enjoy it for many years to come, and then will be proud to pass it to the next generation.

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Hidden Ruby

Gold quilt-pattern bracelet
From Roberto Coin comes the long tradition of implanting a hidden ruby, “The King of Gems,” into each piece that the company creates.

Why a ruby?

Tradition has it that the ruby has the power to bring piece, to promote a long and happy life, to banish evil and to reconcile disputes. That’s a very powerful incentive to want the stone in direct contact with the skin.

Thus the ruby has become the mark of of each Roberto coin jewel – and a secret gift of good wishes to every woman who wears one of a Roberto Coin’s exclusive creations.

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