My birthday is in January and garnet is my birthstone. Growing up, I wanted a more girly birthstone, something light pink or light blue. As I grew up, I realized garnet was a beautiful birthstone. I love it and work with it quite a bit.
Growing up, I also knew garnets as dark red stones. It was a while before I realized they also came in green. I bought a lovely strand of them last year and enjoyed making them into a necklace along with some Peruvian opal and red garnets. I sold it and hope it has gone on to a good home.
I had four green garnet beads left and made them into the bracelet shown here. I love them with the aqua and golden tones in the bracelet. When I go bead shopping in this new year, I think green garnets (and red ones too) will be on the shopping list.