The stunning red garnet is the birthstone of people born in the chilly days of January. Not to be confused with the brighter ruby, this bewitching gemstone is brimming with beading potential. To tap into this power, let’s dig deeper into garnet’s history and composition and learn some of the best ways to show it off in handcrafted jewelry projects.

What Is Garnet?

Garnet is a neosilicate mineral that has been used as a gemstone since the Bronze Age. It comes in almost every color imaginable depending on which impurities are present in the stone. Wine red is the most common color and blue is the rarest.

Garnets are most commonly found in countries in the southern hemisphere, including Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Madagascar. Some can also be found in Russia, Canada, and the United States. Its name comes from the word “gernet,” a Middle English term meaning dark red. It’s theorized that this word may be related to the word “pomegranate,” a fruit that is similar in color to garnet gemstones.

As a darker gem, garnet can be worn with many outfits both formal and casual. It looks best when worn with elegant, timeless styles that complement its stately appearance, but it’s versatile enough to fit into anyone’s wardrobe.

Crafting with Garnet

Made by Swarovski Austria using Rhinestones comes in gold and silver plated ball beads in sizes 5 mm to 12 mm wide varieties of colors.

Garnet is much more understated than most of the other birthstones commonly used today. Its rich blood-red color is captivating, but it must be used skillfully to bring out its beauty.

However, real garnet beads can be very expensive, and that’s when for people looking to embellish their jewelry with their birth color, the rhinestone beads in garnet color come to the rescue. Our gold plated rhinestone garnet ball bead is a perfect example. String a few of these beads onto a wire with some gold-filled beads between them as spacers and you’ll have a strikingly beautiful piece at a fraction of the cost, that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Garnet color pendants are also great for making statement jewelry. Our Swarovski crystal garnet heart pendant is particularly striking with its blood-red coloring. That deep shade not only resembles the color of a real human heart but also recalls feelings of lasting love and connection. Gold filled beads and sterling silver beads both look great next to these garnet color pendants/

Pearl beads also pair very well with garnet. Their soft shine and pale color contrast very well with the gem while still retaining the subtle look that suits garnet best.

Add Some Gorgeous Garnet Color Beads to Your Cart Today

Pick up some garnet color beads from our online bead supply store today to get started making beautiful garnet jewelry today.