Thursday, January 5, 2012

Garnet: January's Glorious Birthstone

Pomegranate seeds look like garnet!
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antiqued wire wrapped sterling silver garnet handmade artisan necklace

Garnet, glorious birthstone for the month of January, is a fascinating and richly colored gemstone.  It is named for the latin word for pomegranate, granatum due to its amazing resemblance to the color of the deep glossy red seeds of this lovely fruit.

This luxurious burgundy or crimson red tone is the most widely known hue for the stone, but some may be surprised to find that this incredible gemstone comes in a wide variety of splendid colors, from a nice warm honey-brown color to a dark emerald green or even black.

Garnet's stone lore has it rumored to be able to light up the night and protect those who wear it from nightmares. Garnets have also long been carried by travelers as protection against accidents far from home.


Handmade Wire Wrapped Garnet Pendant Necklace

Luxurious rich high quality faceted garnet gemstone beads are carefully hand-wired around the center of the handformed wrapped wire teardrop-shaped pendant. Centerpiece dangles gently from a dainty sterling silver chain. The entire necklace has been oxidized and then polished for a slightly darker grey antiqued looking patina finish, to give it an earthy, organic artisan feel. 

Pendant measures approximately 1 inch (25mm) wide by 1.25 inches (32mm) long . Gemstone beads are 5x8 mm rectangles. All metal is sterling silver. Necklace measures 17" long, but length can be adjusted by request. Fastens with a lobster claw trigger clasp.




$72 USD







handmade simple garnet bracelet with sterling silver beads on knotted brown silk cord
Simple Garnet Bracelet with Knotted Brown Silk Cord

Genuine smooth polished garnet and shiny sterling silver beads will dance around your wrist on this lovely casual bracelet made with handknotted dark brown silk cord. Great style for everyday wear.

Bracelet is made to fit most size wrists: knot slides for adjustable closure.


$26 USD





Garnet Gemstone Necklace on Oxidized Sterling Silver Chain

Lovely faceted garnet gemstone beads swing gently from the center of a dainty sterling silver chain which has been oxidized and then polished for a slightly darker grey antiqued looking patina finish, to give it an earthy, organic artisan feel. 

All metal is sterling silver. Necklace measures 16" long and fastens with a lobster claw trigger clasp.


$38 USD




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