January Birthstone: Garnets

                                                             Private Collection
Garnets in 14K Gold

"To display Gold, use a red background, to display Silver, use blue".
Deep red garnets in gold are one of my favorite things. I don't like to add diamonds to the design, for it limits the wearability of the piece. Diamonds, thither and yon, are wonderful at an after 5 affair, but during the day, at work, an informal lunch, they really are not to the scale of the day.

Gemstones like Garnets are spectacular by themselves, and with other stones as well, being the focal, or as an added highlight to the piece.

Birth Stones

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

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the A
methyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save 
Aquamarine shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet, flower month of May
And wears an E
merald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

By her who in June was born
No gem save P
earls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.
The gleaming R
uby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety.

Wear a
Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone.

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
apphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know,
But lay an O
pal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November's fog and snow,
Should prize the T
opaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a T
urquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do.

—Gregorian Birthstone Poems

Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
I have so much to be thankful for, but mostly, by far, my family.

New Work in Emerald Beads: Watermelon Necklace

I saw these Watermelon Beads from Laffingull, and had to have them.
In days past, when we went to the Beach with the kids, I always brought along chunks of Watermelon, as well as drinks for everyone.  The Watermelon became known in our house as Beach Food. This necklace is an ode to my little children, who are no longer little.
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