GARNET IS THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JANUARY. TALK TO US ABOUT CREATING A PIECE FOR YOU USING GARNETS IN THE DESIGN.
Once the pride of Manhattan, the “Subway Garnet” — a 9 pound 10 ounce reddish-brown crystal of the almandine variety — is currently relegated to a storage drawer on the fourth floor of the American Museum of Natural History.
In a recent article in The New York Times, George Harlow, the curator for the earth sciences department at the museum, explained why the Subway Garnet has been out of the public eye.
He said that only 2 percent of the vast collection is on view, so any visiting geologist who wants to see what may be the most famous example of January’s birthstone must make an appointment with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Museum’s mineral and gem collections total in excess of 100,000 specimens.
And what about the name? Legend states that the Subway Garnet was discovered by a city worker in 1885 near the corner of 35 Street and Madison Avenue.