My spouse gave me an early birthday gift: garnet earrings set in sterling silver. Neither too big or too small — just the right size. I don’t know if Stiffler realized how many times s/he’s given me special garnet gifts over the years: most notably, before we’d met in person, an antique replica silver locket with a garnet set in it, and of course, my wedding ring. I love garnet with a passion, especially real garnet: it looks black to the untrained eye, but every now and then, you’ll catch a delicate red flash of fire from within. Now I have a complete set of jewelry, after 10 years, from my amazing and perfect spouse, all with the stone that sparked it all.