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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Engagement Ring Ideas–featuring Gabriel & Co. Designs

Oval Engagement Ring with wedding band from Gabriel & Co.
When it’s time to start thinking about popping the question, it’s also the time to start browsing beautiful engagement rings! With so many stunning options out there, ring shopping can quickly become overwhelming. Doing some research is a great first step to finding the perfect engagement ring that you can treasure forever.

If you know diamonds are what you’re shopping for, make sure you know where you stand on the 4 Cs. Decide on a budget and a general style direction, and you’ll be ready to get shopping!

At Roman Jewelers, we want to make the engagement ring purchasing process simple and stress-free. In this blog we’ve broken down the diamond shapes and settings

Here’s everything you need to know about the top diamond shapes and our favorite Gabriel and Co. rings!

1. Round

Round diamonds are a classic, timeless look. This dazzling shape naturally highlights the diamond’s brilliance.

This 14K White Gold engagement ring featuring a one carat center stone is simple, yet striking with a halo design.

The band in this round solitaire adds an elevated level of detail, while also still very affordable.

2. Oval

Ready for some sparkle? Eyes will be drawn to this 14K White Gold 1 carat Oval Halo engagement ring. This diamond shape in engagement rings naturally elongates fingers.

If you’re looking for a smaller center stone, this Gabriel and Co. engagement ring offers that, but with added Victorian details. This style is vintage and timeless.

3. Princess

This beauty is a showstopper. With a 1.25 center stone setting, this Princess Halo ring looks even larger than life. Princess diamond Cuts are known to appear larger than they are because of the broad, flat, pyramid-feel. One of our favorite Princess Cut Diamond Rings can be found here!

4. Marquise

The long, tapered Marquise style diamond cuts maximize the carat size appearance. In this unique, halo diamond ring featuring a marquise center diamond cut, the setting is absolutely one-of-a-kind. Show off your unique love with this beautiful 1 carat center stone with a criss-cross band with diamond details.
5. Pear

This delicate hybrid of a Marquise and Round cut is even further accentuated by a curved and pointed band.

Eyes will naturally be drawn to the point and direction of this unique engagement ring style!

This split shank adds extra sparkle to an already beautiful pear shaped design.
6. Cushion

This ring will wow. This 14K White Gold Cushion Three-Stone Halo ring has brilliant elegance and luxury feel. When getting down on one knee, this will make sure to take her by surprise! One of our favorite Cushion cut ring shapes by Gabriel & Co. can be found here:
At Roman Jewelers, thousands of couples have trusted us with their engagement ring purchase! Contact us today to discuss your engagement ring vision, and we’d love to help make it come to life.

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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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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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Roman Jewelers Celebrates 25th Anniversary with $25,000 Donation and chance for Flemington Community to find 25 “hidden” jewelry boxes

Owners Roman Shor, Lucy Zimmerman, and Sophie Shor in Roman Jewelers
Owners Roman Shor, Lucy Zimmerman, and Sophie Shor celebrate 25 year Anniversary

Roman Jewelers of Flemington & Bridgewater is celebrating a milestone in their business—25 years. And, the owners, Sophie and Roman Shor, along with the daughter, Lucy Zimmerman came up with some community-focused ways to celebrate.

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Unforgettable Jewelry Looks from the 2013 Oscars

Robin Roberts at the Oscars with a close up of the ring and bracelet she worePhoto from John Hardy features Robin Roberts at the Oscars…looking beautiful

The Oscars bring together Hollywood’s elite for an unforgettable evening honoring the best movies of the year. The biggest celebs on the planet arrive at Academy Awards, wearing custom-designed couture gowns and stunning million-dollar jewels that leave us breathless.

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10 Days…..time for Top 10

Gift purchasing should be easy and we are here to help. Here are the top 10 gift selections for everyone on your list from Roman Jewelers:

Two burberry watches, one with a tan band and one with a pink band

Burberry Watches.  NEW to Roman Jewelers! Swiss made, but with classic British flair. The Britain from Burberry is a powerful balance of modernity and tradition. Best of all, the Britain, has a very limited distribution right now and is available at Roman Jewelers. Starts at $

Diamond Stud Earrings. Moms love studs. The best quality diamonds are at Roman Jewelers. You can upgrade a previous stud purchase, if purchased at Roman Jewelers. Diamond studs come in all shapes and sizes, and only Roman Jewelers has the selection to fit any and all budgets.

John Hardy. Naga bracelet. Classic John Hardy Dragon design. Seen in all the fashion magazines and in the finest stores. Starts at $450.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Steel and Ceramic. Ideal for women seeking a refined and distinguishable timepiece that is

dragon bracelet

also durable.  Also available with a diamond-encrusted bezel. $1,200. $1,700 with diamonds.

Michele Jelly Bean Watch. Women of all ages love this watch!  Michele is the hot brand in watches for the fashion conscious female and the price point on is perfect.  Will fit nicely into the stocking, too.  $295.

Marco Bicego. These bangles will light up her wrist for the holiday.  In 18K yellow gold, Jaipur bracelets are available with blue topaz, amethyst, lemon citrine. Italian jewelry at its finest. $890.

Tacori 18k925. From NY to LA women enjoy the Tacori 18k925 collection. Many of these designer pieces sparkle with colored stones and touches of 18k gold.  The choices are endless. Prices start at $150.

Mikimoto. Pearls are one of nature most beautiful gifts. Mikimoto is the worlds’ finest pearl. Pearl Stud earrings are simple, elegant and prices start at $150.

Chamilia bracelet

Chamilia Braclets and Beads. There is a story for every bead. Start a bracelt for Mom, Daughter, Grandma or Aunt. Personalize it just for her and touch her heart. Bracelets start at $42, beads at $32.

Honora Pearls. A Roman Jewelers Bestseller. For over 60 years, Honora has stood for value and quality in the jewelry industry.  Honora is the largest importer of fine Freshwater Pearls in the United States and uses these astounding cultured pearls to create colorful and affordable pearl jewelry. Starts at $80.

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Chamilia Bracelets: Add Some Personality to Your Life

Chamilia braceletChamilia Bracelets, truly personal

Personalized bracelets have graced the wrists of iconic women, including actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose unprecedented jewelry collection, recently auctioned off by Christie’s for $156,756,576, included a 20-charm bracelet. Kate Middleton received a gold charm bracelet as a wedding present from her step-mother-in-law Camilla Parker Bowles.Jewelry is truly sentimental. Each piece represents a snapshot into the celebrations and special occasions that fill our lives with joy and Chamila bracelets are a stylish and personal way to make our memories everlasting. With a simple flick of the wrist, they allow us to remember life’s milestones, both big and small.

Roman Jewelers is proud to carry Chamilia beads in our Bridgewater and Flemington stores. This unique line offers over 600 beads, including 14k gold, Italian Murano glass, Swarovski crystals, colored stones an exclusive collection of Disney beads. There’s even Miss Chamilia line for young ladies.

The process of creating a truly one-of-a-kind bracelet is both fun and sentimental. You will start by picking customizing the length of your bracelet. After that comes the fun part – picking your beads! There are countless varieties, which are sorted by the type of material, colors and themes such as birthstone, the alphabet, animals, and even food and drink (vino glasses, anyone?). The possibilities are truly endless.

Please visit our Chamilia shop to learn more. We look forward to taking a trip down memory lane with you.


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Bridal Jewelry: 3 Ways to Wear “Something Blue” on Your Wedding Day

Tacori Topaz drop earringsTacori Topaz Earrings available at Roman Jewelers

We all know the traditional wedding rhyme – “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Each item in this Old English verse represents a good luck charm a bride should have with her on the big day. We think jewelry is a stylish way to honor this tradition.
Inspired by gorgeous blue-hued stones, jewelry with any of these brilliant blues will not only provide good luck but will add beauty and sparkle to any bride:

According to the old traditions, aquamarine promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth. An ideal gem, for loving and married couples.
From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors. Women the world over love it for its fine blue shades which can complement almost any skin or eye color.
Its light blue arouses feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. Good feelings. Feelings which are based on mutuality and which prove their worth in lasting relationships. The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color because it is the color of the sky. However, aquamarine blue is also the color of water with its life-giving force. And aquamarine really does seem to have captured the lucid blue of the oceans. No wonder, when you consider that according to the saga it originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone. Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua’ (water) and ‘mare’ (sea). It is said that its strengths are developed to their best advantage when it is placed in water which is bathed in sunlight.
Simon G’s exquisite 18 carat earrings from the Passion Collection features an oval cut Aquamarine center stone, surrounded by round white Diamonds, and is perfect for the sophisticated bride.

Blue Sapphire
Although, sapphires come in other colors, there is good reason that blue is the favorite! The blue sapphire gives feelings of sympathy and harmony, friendship and loyalty: feelings which belong to qualities that prove their worth in the long term – feelings in which it is not so much effervescent passion that is to the fore, but rather composure, mutual understanding and indestructible trust. Thus the blue of the sapphire has become a color which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable. That is one of the reasons why women in many countries wish for a sapphire ring on their engagement. The sapphire symbolizes loyalty, but at the same time it gives expression to people’s love and longing.

Sapphire and Diamond stud earrings from Roman Jewelers, have a real royal “look” since a design like this has been worn by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana and it will appeal to everyone, including a romantic bride.

Blue Topaz
The beautiful cool blue of the sky is captured in blue topaz. Because of its transparent nature, ancient people believed that this gemstone could help improve communication. The stone is believed to lift the mind to be more positive and less stressful. It is said to attract love and wealth.  This pastel blue gem is a designer favorite since it is affordable and available in a wide range of gem shapes and sizes. Its bright and lively color looks right set in both yellow and white metals.
Shown above, these double-drop sterling silver earrings from Tacori beautifully showcase the Topaz stone. Detailed with the signature Tacori crescents, this floating design would catch the eye of a bohemian bride.

Please visit us online at to browse our full selection of bridal jewelry or come in to our Bridgewater or Flemington store to design a custom piece of your own.

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