Update on Saturday January 11, 2014...We are having a drizzle of rain. Thank you everyone!
Garnet gemstone is the birthstone for January. Garnets signify stability, devotion, eternal friendship and trust. Garnet is derived from the word granatum, meaning seed, and is called so because it resembles a pomegranate seed. I find it interesting to read about gemstones and the American Gem Society is a good source of information. I also find it fun to be able to go into my studio and create a necklace and earrings using January's birthstone.
This is the design I put together for January. I incorporated garnets along with red and clear Swarovski bi-cone crystals for the bulk of the necklace and earrings. The focal heart is coral and the others are simply fun metal and velvet hearts. This uses my favorite magnetic clasp for ease in fastening. The best part of making my own jewelry is that I can easily take it apart if I want to and reuse the components for another design.
This simple necklace and earrings uses my favorite clear Swarovski bi-cone crystals along with some black agate gems. I wear a lot of black and wanted to have a very understated bit of bling. This set got lots of compliments this past December while I was wearing it.
I haven't been making much jewelry and it felt really good to be able to create these two sets.
We are still dry as a bone here in Sunny California. Even our wonderful weather people are getting a little sad as they predict each day with not a drop of water in sight. When we moved here in January 1999 it rained and poured and rained some more. I was certain we would need an Ark. There was so much rain that a house in this community sank right into a mine shaft never to be seen again. We were checking our home's placement because we have a mine with shaft and air shafts on our property. Thankfully ours is safe...so far.
January is humming along and I am doing my best to keep up. I began the month behind but am determined to catch up and not feel anxious. I did over-commit so I am trying to re-prioritize my tasks. If only we could do it all.
How are you beginning your fresh new year? Taking time to do what makes you happy is what I am hoping. Thank you to each of my comment followers. I am truly grateful and enjoy reading each of them. I don't always respond but I definitely try to follow your blogs in return and comment each visit. Creative Hugs...