Gemstone Spotlight — Garnets

Garnets are the birthstone for January and we are fans of this stone at Nan Lee Jewelry. Garnets come in a wide variety of colors depending on the minerals present in the stone with blue being the rarest. Red is the color most often encountered, but shades of green, yellow and orange also occur. Some stones also appear to change color under various lighting conditions which sometimes leads it to be confused with Alexandrite. Garnets have been found in jewelry from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece and remain popular to this day. The garnet is a hardy stone which can be faceted into numerous shapes giving it tremendous versatility.

Garnets dome in many shapes, sizes and cuts

Garnets dome in many shapes, sizes and cuts

c. 8th century AD, Anglo-Saxon sword hilt fitting – gold with gemstone inlay of garnet cloisonné.

c. 8th century AD, Anglo-Saxon sword hilt fitting – gold with gemstone inlay of garnet cloisonné.


The rare GIA certified 5ct Turning Garnet shown below will change color from different angles, turning from rasberry to blue to deep purple. This Nan Lee Jewelry ring design can be customized to any size and gemstone. The diamond band is available in white, yellow or rose gold.