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This is the birthstone for those born in January, whose Zodiac sign is Capricorn. The name Garnet appears to originate with the Latin granatum malum, the name for pomegranate, a bush which produces a red fruit with seeds thereby making the most popular shade of garnet, one similar to red wine.

Garnets given as a gift signify eternal friendship and trust, although the red colour is full of passion, it’s deep shade tempers any volatility associated with the hue. In this way garnet does reflect the values of constancy, friendship, and fidelity. Those born in the month of January have the pleasure of identifying with the beautiful, deep red garnet gemstone and all it embodies.

It is an old gemstone and references to it, dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. These group of minerals referred to as garnets, comes in a rainbow of colours, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Garnet occurs in every color except blue and most varieties are named for their color i.e. Rhodolite is a purplish red. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Though garnet jewels are beautiful and can be quite expensive, the stone isn’t often considered to be a flashy choice. Garnets do need to be handled with care, however, as they are not nearly as strong as other gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires, or diamonds.

Tiffany & Co published a series of birthstone verses in 1870, which reflect the commonly recognized stones for each birth month. Here’s what the famous jewelers had to say about January:

“By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

Whether or not you believe a gemstone truly has the power to instill such qualities, they can at least be reminders that help us draw on our innate capacities for them. According to jewelsforme.com, mystical properties associated with garnet include healing properties for inflammatory diseases and all things related to blood. It’s also thought to encourage self-esteem and truthfulness, as well as warding off nightmares and depression.

Just as January is the first month of a new year, garnet is said to be a good stone to wear when embarking on a new venture or moving to a new city.

Have you got a Garnet in your jewellery box?

Xoxo

AngelBaiye

Quick Intermission

While I’m trying to figure out what to do with editing this blog, you might want to see what else I’ve been up to.

Read One Man’s Meat …

The start of the month is a good time for new beginning’s, I’ve been thinking of updating the look of the blog, so I’m taking time out to do just that, you can leave any tips or suggestions you may have in the comment box below.

In the interim you can visit and like my page http://www.facebook.com/baiyejewellery and get all the yummy info on my jewellery, my quirky world and what I’m up to.

You can also visit my shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/angelbaiye and purchase an item.

So if you visit and the page looks a little scattered, it just means I’m still playing with themes and colours.

Would chat with you soon.

xoxo.

Angelbaiye.

Writing my school essays at the moment, but thought I should take a break to update you on my exciting silver smithing class. My teacher was Victoria Delaney and I think I put up a link to her webpage in my last post, here it is again, she’s amazing and young (wasn’t expecting that after viewing her work and achievements).

It was a cosy class, we were supposed to be 3 students but Jack (who seems to be a serial defaulter) didn’t show. I shared the class with Angela, a retired teacher, who is also a student at a sculpture class. She is in the process of building a massive Red Indian head out of metal cans. She has attended some jewellery classes so she knew lot more about the processes, but I tried to soak up as much information as I could.

Our project was to create cufflinks out of a sterling silver sheet and chain, I decided I wanted mine to be amoeba shapes, instead of regular everyday shapes but during the course of cutting and shaping, Victoria decided mine looked more like clouds, so clouds they became!

Here are the pictures from the journey :), I don’t think I’ll be able to take this many again as it was quite distracting, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the class.

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I’ve been away, school’s been tough. I took sometime off jewellery to concentrate and then went on a retreat to Iona last week. I’m working on a rose quartz and 24 carat gold antique piece at the moment, it has taken forever for the bits and pieces to arrive in the mail, I’ll upload another picture as soon as its done. I’m now using a slate slab I found on a beach on the trip as my work top.

Guess what I did last week; I took off on a spiritual journey, I went with student’s from the chaplaincy of University of Warwick and Coventry to an amazing Island in Scotland called IONA……I’m still floating down a cloud of euphoria.

It was quite ‘THE’ journey, it took us most of the day to get there as we took 3 trains to Oden, then took a ferry from Oden to Mull, a bus across the Isle of Mull, a final ferry to Iona, getting there at about 6pm.

We lived at a place called the McLeod center, where we all had to pitch in with setting tables, serving food, cleaning up and looking after each other. The best bit was we started and ended our day with a service at one of the most amazing Abby’s in the world…..wow.

The island is where the missionary Columba went on self enforced exile from Ireland, it is also the resting place of many kings. I met a jewellery designer resident on the Island Mhairi Killin, she does amazing work, artwork incorporating fabrics and beautiful jewellery, you can see some of it here.

Here are a few pictures I took in Iona.

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Clicker Happy

Finally got my camera, yipeeee!!!!!!…..bought a Canon instead of a Nikon, I was told that Nikon’s lenses are made by Sony and the Nikon I wanted was out of stock because the Sony factory in Thailand was destroyed by the flood. Oh well I love my Canon, and I got a package deal so it came with a Macro lens for my jewellery photography.

I’ve spent the last week or so learning how to use it, learning about aperture and shutter speed, ISO and Auto focus……I thought the camera would automatically take amazing pictures, but I’ve learnt the hard way that it has a lot to do with the Photographer. The camera only captures what you see.

Saw some amazing landscape pictures on a blog the apple of our eyes, it put anything I had to shame. I put up the picture above though, I took it while waiting for a train on the underground, what do you think?

Its 9 days to my silver smithing classes, I’m so excited, I can’t wait to take tons of pictures of the Jewellery Quater, where my classes would be holding. Being exposed to the experienced jeweller’s and smiths there, should help with my silver smithing and dissertation, which is on Intellectual property in the Jewellery Sector.

The topic is my way of merging my passion for jewellery with my Legal background, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I get enough information for my paper as it seems a pretty unperturbed sector. Anyone who has a lead on this or is interested in the topic should drop a comment, I’d love to hear your views.

In other news, I announced the winner of the Amethyst Necklace from Last weeks post on the Facebook page and I would be posting the Strawberry Cheesecake Bracelet to the winner of the Auction, Congratulations to all of you who are now proud owners of a Baiye Original Piece.

Good nighty then.

xoxo

Angelbaiye

Birthstones are said to have healing powers, Amethyst the birthstone of February is believed to alleviate migraines and soothe the nervous system. Since purple is also considered to be the colour of creativity, an Amethyst in your workspace is supposed to enhance the creative juices in you. So  I decided to test out this theory and buy myself an Amethyst, the other powers of Amethyst can be found here.

The ancients believed that carrying or wearing the birthstone of a particular month during the month, would boost health and protection. Over time this belief has evolved and today we identify ourselves with birthstones assigned to the months we were born i.e. I was born in September so my birthstone is the lovely blue Sapphire.

I originally bought the piece of natural amethyst above to test the theory of  health, protection and creativity but  changed my mind as I realised I really did not believe in the theory and would therefore be the wrong guinea pig for this test. I’m a Christian so I honestly don’t believe in the theory of Stones having  powers.

So as not to waste this beauty, I wire wrapped it and added a 4mm purple Swarovski bicone, creating gorgeous pendant and I’m going to give it to the winner of the jewellery party raffle.

All attendees of the Jewellery Party that held on the 6th of February, 2012 are eligible to win this beautiful Natural Amethyst Pendant and Chain Necklace.

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I had written a long 3 paragraph post today, with a quote about working hard and excellence in the first paragraph and the picture below showing you how I had achieved making earrings out of art clay…..

….but I got distracted while posting the picture and ended up reading other WordPress blogs relating to Jewellery. I stumbled on a blog where the blogger had asked for feedback and was responding to her readers requests, It reminded me that a friend of mine had advised that I write less words and put up more pictures in my posts.

I’m therefore putting myself out there today and asking you all to give me feedback on this blogging hobby of mine…..what do you think? less words? more pictures? more recaps of my day? or just pictures of jewellery and new items I’ve made.

It’s your opportunity to say what you think, what you’d like to see i.e. pictures of random strangers modelling my jewellery?

You can even say you hate the colours of my blog and it constantly hurts your eyes, I wouldn’t mind. 😀

 

FEEDBACK PLEASE! I’m actually apprehensive by the prospect of having you critique etransformed but go right ahead and comment!

xoxo

Angelbaiye

Cherry Pie Shortcake :D

Following the success of yesterdays party, I sold another Strawberry Cheesecake bracelet today (A Valentines gift *wink* which I boxed and wrapped for a lucky girlfriend). Apart from the sales yesterday, I had 3 other custom orders.

I’ve been working on one of the 3 custom orders, they belong to a really funny Romanian called Alex, who is jewellery crazy.  Alex wanted to custom order the Cherry Pie bracelet below, but she preferred the sterling silver bracelets I used for the Strawberry Cheesecake bracelets above, so I worked some of my magic for her.

I’ve finished it now and it has been put on the wrist of a happy customer, I decided to call it ……*drum roll please*

Cherry Pie Shortcake

Here are pictures of the Updated Version.

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I’m dead tired but decided to put up a post before I switch off.

First thing this morning I felt like calling the whole thing off, I was sooo scared, I was asking questions like what if no one comes? what if I’m dead bored? Can I handle this? well it turns out …….. I can.

The jewellery party was super fun,I had a really amazing day. I met all sorts of people, talked exchanged ideas and had a blast. I’d like to thank everyone that stopped by today, especially those that didn’t get invites but still showed up regardless.

For a first time event, it was pretty amazing, approximately 20 people showed up, some made custom orders, some purchased jewellery for mothers day while others silently browsed and moved on. We ate, laughed, took pictures and talked, I forgot my Laptop so there was no music *covering face* but there was hardly a dull moment. We even managed to spread some love dust on a couple, I’ll tell the story after Valentines, can’t let the cat out of the bag too early.

We had something called a wish list where everyone picked their most coveted items and got photographed in it. we’ll put up these pictures and anyone may contact me to order the pieces for these beautiful ladies.

Did I tell you guys I’ve enrolled for a silver-smithing course? that is step two of my plan, I’ll give you the details in another blog post.

Right now I’ve come to the end of the start towards making my hobby a business, from here on its a journey.

Here are a few unedited pictures, I would update the full album on Facebook as soon as I can.

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