The wine-red color, clarity and good play of light of this octagon AA-grade garnet makes 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 sometimes called an 'emerald cut,' the octagon cut has a rectangle shape and cut corners. Its facets are concentric planes that resemble stair-steps around the circumference of the stone, above and below the girdle.