Garnets are a group of silicate minerals and are the birthstone of January. All the Garnets are not red but in fact, they are available in almost all colors - blue, red, pink, green, black, and even colorless.
Among all the colors, blue is very rare and dark red is the most common. It is rated 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness and it has a vitreous luster.
Here are some Jewelry made of Garnet which are really expensive and unique.
The antique pyrope hair comb is from the Victorian era which was donated by Ales & Maria Herdlicka to the Smithsonian in 1937. This hair comb is covered with Bohemia pyropes and all the pyropes are rose cut which was famous during the 19th century. Pyrope is derived from the Greek word "pyropos" which means "fiery".
King Louis XIV owned an eagle brooch in which the large stone is Garnet, and the rest were Rubies, Pearl, and Enamel. There has been gossip that it was possibly gained from a French noblewoman Marie-Louise de Gonzague who had married two kings of Poland. The eagle is holding the scepter and orb in both of its legs.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom received a Garnet and Gold parure which includes a necklace, a bracelet, a brooch and a pair of earrings. It was given as a gift from the Municipality of Brno during her State visit to the Czech Republic. On 1st January 2006, she wore it for divine service at Sandringham but she has never been seen wearing it publicly.
In the 1930's the Rosenborg kokoshnik tiara was made by Danish court jeweler Dragsted on the order of Prince Viggo who was the Count of Rosenborg. Since Prince and Princess Viggo had no children of their own, Princess Margaretha who was the sister-in-law of Viggo inherited it. After that, the tiara was used by Countess Ruth of Rosenborg (1924-2010).
Jorge Adeler who is the owner of Great Falls designed gorgeous custom earrings for actress Scarlett Johansson. During Womenswear Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Week, she wore it in a celebrity dinner at the Dolce and Gabbana Gold Restaurant in Milan, Italy.
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was born in January which makes Garnet as her birthstone. Since 2005, she possessed a garnet and pearl ring which was given to her by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as a gift for his future bride. The Pearl in the ring signifies William's birthstone and Garnet signifies Kate's birthstone.
In 2009, Kate Beckinsale wore a beautiful Garnet earrings at the Golden Globes. It was designed by Fred Leighton which consists of several Garnet stones as each side. The beautiful earrings caught everyone's eye who was present at the Golden Globes.
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