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Out With The Old & In With The Garnet


Happy New Year gem lovers & appreciators! MDG wishes you a very happy, healthy & successful 2018! …or a least until next month when it’s time for our Chinese New Year wishes!

January has sneaked in and past us all. Don’t know about the rest of you but for us it seems like the first month of the year is always the most fast-paced. Caught between the fond memories of the holidays, rest, friends, family, gifts (of course we mean jewelry & gemstones gifts) & most importantly – freedom! Now it’s back to reality & out of the romantic bubble of life we were all living in December.  Don’t worry though – with the help and love for the colourful world of gemstones, you will still have your little piece of the fairy tale living, at least until Chinese New Year when there’s another occasion to be spoilt (as if a true gem lover ever needs one).


So again, we have a reason to celebrate; to celebrate gemstones, to celebrate those born in January & of course to celebrate the start of a new year – a white canvas filled with dreams, hopes & wishes which are yet to manifest during the next 12 months. That’s exciting!

Speaking about celebrating gemstones, did you know that they originate deep from the earth? This results in the gem’s materials absorbing and transmitting vibrations. These vibrations are believed to have a positive impact on the people who wear them; hence the tradition to wear or carry one’s birthstone.  Whether one truly believes in this or just feels attracted to a particular gemstone, we can’t ignore that there is a positive impact from these beautiful precious stones.


January’s birthstone is Garnet. This stone is far more interesting than what initially meets the eye. Garnet is an abundant mineral group containing various gemstone species, some common, some very rare. One of the more common colors is brownish red. This color exists naturally in every other color except blue. Some alternative color choices are green (even emerald green), yellow, bright orange, pink, violet and a violet-red which can rival that of ruby. Red garnets are the most affordable, while rare orange and green garnets are the most expensive. Most garnets do not benefit from enhancements; hence, you will most likely be able to purchase a non-treated gemstone, making us feel even more connection to mother earth!

Garnets isolated on white background. Shallow depth of field with the nearest stones in focus.

Happy Birthday January Children!