The wine-red color, clarity and good play of light of this marquise faceted garnet make it an appealing choice for custom jewelry designs of all types. Traditional red garnet derives its deep color from iron and magnesium. Garnet exhibits few inclusions, and those that are present tend to be rounded, seedlike crystals with irregular edges. Garnet is the birthstone for January.
Garnets are actually a family of closely related stones. The most common color is red; but garnets are also found in green, orange, pink and blue.
Also called a "navette" cut, the marquise cut features pointed ends and an elongated shape. Its faceting is a variation of the brilliant cut, designed to maximize the play of light within the stone.