Hello, my little winter chickadees!
Well, the holiday season is over, and we now have the long stretch of winter to face. Everybody has turned their Christmas lights off, it’s dark, it’s cold, and we don’t have any statutory holidays until Easter.
The only bright spot for me is that my birthday is this month. And while I am on the far side of my 30’s, I still get excited about my birthday. Mind you, that’s probably just because I love attention.
I also love garnets, January’s birthstone. I’m a bit weird about garnets, though — I’m not a fan of them when paired with diamonds. However (confession time), as a general rule, I don’t like it when diamonds are used to accent precious or semi-precious gems. I prefer for the gemstone to take centre stage, or for it to be paired with something interesting or unusual. Pairing a garnet (or a sapphire, or an emerald, or a pearl) with little accent diamonds just seems kind of, “Ooh, let’s jazz this up a bit by adding a bunch of little diamonds!” I guess it just seems sort of lazy. Mind you, I’m sure there IS some fantastic jewelry out there that pairs gemstones with diamond accents — it just seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
I told you I’m weird.
Anyway, back to garnets. Take it away, wiki:
Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless.
Garnet species’s light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral’s luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like).
Of course, red (rhodolite) garnet is the one that we see most often. The word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “grain” or “seed.” This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the pomegranate seed.
A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming. As well, garnets were once used medicinally, to increase strength and ward off several medical problems including blood disorders, heart palpitations and lung disease.
The irony is that this garnet jewelry would CAUSE heart palpitations, thank you very much.
Yes, this is a baby’s pendant, but I see no reason why I couldn’t have it set in a longer chain for myself. It’s just too adorable!
Hammered gold and garnets? Why, yes. Yes, I think I shall! I’m definitely a sucker for hammered gold, so those earrings are right up my alley:
We also have this simple, but perfect ring. The setting doesn’t distract from the gorgeous, deep, rich red of the garnet. Delicate, but still very, very striking. Me likey.
So, happy birthday to all my fellow January babies! May your birthday bring you some pretty new garnet baubles!