The Monthly Edition: Garnet Red January

January is known for new beginnings, so here’s how to take inspiration from this month’s gemstone for an upgrade in your interior style!

The garnet gem is known for its gorgeous resemblance to pomegranate seeds, and its etymology derives from the 14th Century Middle English word ‘gernet’, meaning “dark red”, and the Latin word ‘granatum’, meaning “seed”.

Garnets are actually made up of a group of minerals which means that they come in various shapes and sizes. However, the most popular stone is the deep red gem, known as the January birthstone.

Ancient garnet jewellery dates back as far as the Bronze Age. The garnet represents the symbol of life, which is evident in Ancient Egyptian carvings dating back to 3100BC. It was popular among the Ancient Romans as signet rings in the 3rd and 4th Century.

Legend says that those who wear this ‘Gem of Faith’ and do good deeds will bring more good in return to themselves. Garnet was also said to bring bad fortune to those who wear it and commit bad acts! It was also worn as protection by warriors going into battle and even placed in wounds for its healing powers. Ouch!

How to Style with the Garnet Gem

This deep red is a warm and deep tone on the same spectrum as burgundy and maroon. It works well in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Try both if it tickles your fancy!

Fill your outdoor setting with garnet-inspired cushions and throws for nights spent in the yard with family and friends. The tone is just stunning against the glimmer of a fire pit and on a backdrop of luscious greenery.

Keeping its pomegranate namesake, we also love the idea of garnet hues in clusters. (Just like the Victorians who used many little garnets to make one larger statement piece!)

Decorate your dining table with deep red napkins and table linens to complement the wine in your glasses. Cluster together garnet-coloured candle holders on your sideboard for an unmissable feature. Make a gallery wall with artworks that have speckles of garnet for minimalist style. Give it a go and see what a difference a few pomegranate seeds can do 😉

Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has landed a gig at Zanui. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and tending to her bunny. Natalie loves animated short films, animals and Christmas. She has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Among her favourites was interning for The Bridal Bazaar.