January's birthstone is easily the most variable and versatile of all
birthstones. While most think of garnets as a red stone, there are
varieties of garnet in virtually every hue, including blue thanks to
a relatively recent discovery of color-changing blue garnets in
Madagascar. Garnets have been used in ornamentation since at least
the time of the Egyptians.
Storing garnet jewelry
jewelry box, store garnet jewelry in its own compartment or in a
cloth bag to prevent damage either to or from other pieces of
jewelry. Garnet is not susceptible to color change from light or heat
exposure, but care should be taken to avoid exposing it to other chemicals.
Cleaning your garnet
occasionally with a soft, dry cloth. With the exception of the more
expensive forms, garnet can be cleaned in an ultrasonic jewelry
cleaner. Avoid exposing garnets to harsh chemicals and extreme
temperatures, both of which can damage the gem.