Glorious Garnets

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and as the official birthstone for January, now seems like as good a time as ever to pay homage to the glorious garnet.

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So what is a garnet exactly?

The word garnet is derived from the Latin word ‘granum’ (grain).

An ancient stone, garnets have been around for thousands of years. Apparently even Noah used a lantern from a garnet to light the way when navigating his ark at night time.

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Red is the most widely known colour, however garnets also come in green, different shades of yellow, blue, blue-green, fiery orange and earthy shades.

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Garnets rank at 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale of hardness, which is why they are so great for everyday wear.

Here are a few designer pieces from Benjamin Black Goldsmiths made with garnets…

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The Tulip Ring is inspired by the flower of its name, representing the emergence of new beginnings, in life, love, and nature, experienced during the blossoming season of Spring.
This particular Tulip Ring is hand crafted in 18 carat yellow gold and set with a marquise cut faceted garnet.

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This unique bespoke ring was hand crafted in 9ct yellow gold and set with the customer’s cabochon garnet stone.

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This custom made engagement ring was crafted in 14ct red gold and set with a faceted garnet.

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Drop earrings in 9ct yellow gold with checkerboard garnets.