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January 09, 2019
The new year always creates a new mindset. People set new goals for themselves and new resolutions that may or may not be easy to keep. We tend to start a declutter of some kind, moving out the old to make room for the new.
This year I am not setting firm goals or resolutions but vowing to make small changes everyday to improve my habits and life. What are you doing this year that is different?
January birthstone is a garnet. What do pomegranates have to do with garnets? More than you might think. Garnet’s name comes from the Latin word granatum meaning “pomegranate.” More specifically, garnet refers to the vibrant red seeds of the pomegranate. And although this red colored stone is what is pictured when you think of a garnet, did you know garnet's actually come in several different colors?
Garnet refers to a group of silicate minerals of different colors. They include orangey red Almandine, pinkish red Pyrope, Spessartite, a reddish orange, and Tsavorite, a vibrant green garnet, named after Tsavo National Park in Kenya near where it was discovered.
The garnet has a history or meaning of protection and healing, centuries of explorers and travelers carried it for protection on journeys far from home and crusaders set garnets in their shields, armor, and buckles believing its protection would stop bleeding. Throughout North, Central, and South America, native tribes wore it to ward off evil influences and spirits.
Today, as in the past, Garnet is most prized as the stone of romantic love and passion reflecting creativity, positive energy, self-confidence, and success. What woman wouldn’t want a piece of garnet jewelry?
Here is one of my favorite type of winter looks, casual yet put together and lots of layers. Pinterest is one of my favorite places to browse for all kinds of things. This is on my fashion board. That garnet birthstone adds the perfect pop of color to the neutrals of the winter wardrobe. I work everyday in my studio but also wait on customers in my retail area at The Sterling Butterfly. It is hard to choose appropriate clothes because when I am working, I am using torches and equipment so there is a safety factor, ideally, cotton clothes with closed toe shoes is the ideal, allows for no melting if hit with a spark and not danger of loose clothing getting caught in power tools. But, that is not what I want to wait on customers in so, I compromise with layers so I can easily transition from studio to store. Do you have any clothing issues or requirements that make it hard to decide what to wear?
I will end here with this blog post, I hope you enjoyed the details on the garnet and a few tips on winter fashion. Next week, I will be featuring an interview, so stay tuned!
One of those new year improvements I talked about is getting a blog post out weekly on Wednesdays!
Cheers to a great 2019!
January 10, 2019
Thank you Pam. I am a Garnet/January lady! Love all that you do!
January 09, 2019
Thank you Pam – your blog was very interesting and educational with regards to garnets! As my daughter and I are both January girls…we love garnets❣️ I also have a grandson who was born on New Year’s Day! I know you’re making more jewelry for men too! Love that also!
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