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Garnished w Garnet - January Birthstone
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
You can be garnished with garnets - does that make you garnet-ished?
Garnet is the January birthstone. Garnets actually come in green, orange, pink and purple - but if someone says garnet - odds are - you think of a deep, dark red! Garnet is frequently used as a colour-name to indicate dark red.
Historically, garnets were associated with blood, blood disorders, and affairs of the heart. Garnets were a gift between separated lovers, a cure for hemorrage, and a symbol of Christ's passion.
The word garnet comes from the Latin Garanatus, meaning "seed-like" - and refers to the seeds inside a pomegranate.
These garnet-coloured earrings - which I made in two styles, one with firepolish beads, and the other in Crystallized by Swarovski beads - also rather evoke a row of pomegranate seeds, don't you think? I chose to use Siam crystals rather than the Swa. colour "Garnet" - which is so dark as to appear black in some light.
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