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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

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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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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

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