Red Garnets are the Birthstone for January

silver flower pendant

Red garnets are the birthstone for January.  I believe we generally think of garnets as red gemstones; however, garnets not only occur in a range of red hues, but also in greens, yellow-oranges and browns.  The red garnet, January’s birthstone, has been called the traveler’s stone since it’s thought to keep the wearer safe while…

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Gorgeous Garnets are January’s Birthstone

Gorgeous garnets are January’s birthstone.   Perhaps most people think “red” when they hear the word garnet, but there are a lot of garnet varieties – all with different colors ranging from yellows and greens to shades of red, orange red, and reds with a hint of blue or violet. These color variations are the result…

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Healing Stones for Us and for Our Furry Friends

Healing Stones for Us and for Our Furry Friends – I love gemstones and crystals and I’m always interested in learning more ways to have beneficial stones around me to bolster me and also my environment. This interest has inspired me to work on designs for PetsAmulets – healing and protective stones for our furry friends.…

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New Jewelry Designs

Mokume Gane in a fascinating metal laminate that I’ve been playing with recently.   will have earrings and other pieces in this interesting metal available in the next several weeks.   I have several pieces in progress, but none of them are ready to sell yet.   Mokume Gane was invented in Japan by Denbei Shoami in…

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My Favorite Gemstones Part 7 – Garnets

I’ve always loved garnets and I use them in many of my jewelry designs. Garnets have been known and used in jewelry and other applications since ancient times. At one time, garnets were referred to as Carbuncles.  Although garnets occur in a wide range of colors and can be found in every color except blue,…

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