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January’s Birthstone Garnet January 31, 2009

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Garnet like a pomegranate

The seeds of a pomegranate fruit, show how deep and red a garnet is, and possibly is related to a garnet because of the colour, shape, and size.    Garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “grain” or “seed.”   Moh’s hardnes is 6.5-7.5.  The mineral’s luster is considered to be glass like.

Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest  the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily , Madagascar. 

Pure crystals of garnet are used as gemstones.  Garnet sand is a good abrasive that is used in sand blasting, or mixed with water, can also be use to cut steel with water jets.

First mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America; and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho.  Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, violets, brown, black and colourless – an artist palate of colours.  This diversity is due to unique combinations of elements within each particular gem, such as iron, calcium, and aluminum.  

The garnet continues to be the protective gem of journeyers. A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.  It is my birthstone, but far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, can be appreciated for any season.

 

Birthstones January 30, 2009

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Each one of us, has a birthstone, depicting the month of when we were born.  Some believe that the tradition of the birthstones came from ancient bibical days.  As Aarons’ breastplate had 12 stones inlayed in it, which were set in four rows across with three stones.  Each respresented a son of Israel.  These were the stones:  Sardius, topaz and carbuncle * Emerald, sapphire and diamond * Ligure, agate and amethyst *  Beryl, onyx and jasper .

Early Christians assigned birthstones to represent each of the apostles.

Others believe that each birthstones are mystical and have special healing powers, where the birthstone was either worn or grounded up and swallowed.  

In the 1500-1600 century, those in Poland believe that you were to wear the current birthstone for each month, as then the powers of that birthstone were heighten, therefore you were to own a set of 12, one for each month!

Others believed that there is a special birthstone you wear depending on the day of the week that you were born.

If I gave you a quiz, would you be able to know where birthstones belong to which month? 

Here is a poem that reflects the  Gregorian Birthstone 

             By her who in January was born
             No gem save garnets 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 amethyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone  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 Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

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

The gleaming Ruby 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,
A Sapphire 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 opal 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 topaz 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 turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

 In 1912, the Jeweller’s of America Association assigned each month a birthstone, which is known world wide.  Almostly exactly to  the Gregorian Poem, March is aquamarine, and December is blue zircon.

Birthstone jewelry is still popular today, you may see it in the form of little people figures with birthstone bellies that dangle from a chain, or in a ring, representing the birth of children in the family.   

Do you like your birthstone or do you wish you had a different one? 

 

Moh’s Scale of mineral hardness January 29, 2009

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I usually refer to the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness  in my descriptions of  jewelry pieces.

Friedrich Mohs’ a German mineralogist, created this scale in 1812.   This scale helps determine how soft or hard a gemstone is.   The hardness of a material is measured against the scale by finding the hardest material that the given material can scratch, and/or the softest material that can scratch the given material.    He based the scale on 10 readily available minerals.

To help you understand, on the Mohs scale, a pencil “lead” or graphite has a hardness of 1; A fingernail  2.5; a copper penny, about 3.5; a knife blade, 5.5; window glass, 5.5; and a steel file, 6.5.

Hardness Substance or Mineral
1 Talc, Graphite
2.5 to 3 Pure gold, silver, aluminum
3 Calciate, Copper
4 Fluorite
4 to 4.5 Planitum
4 to 5 Iron
5 Apatite
6 Orthoclase
6 Titanium
6.5 Iron Pyrite
6 to 7 Glass, Fuzed quartz
7 Quartz
7 to 7.5 Garnet
7 to 8 Hardened Steel
7.5 Tungsten
8 Topaz
8.5 Chrysoberyl, chromium
8.5 to 9 Tungsten Carbide
9 Cordunum
9 to 9.5 Carborundum
<10 Ultra-hard fullerite
10 Diamond

Diamond is the hardest.  To cut diamond, you actually cut it against diamond.

 

Top 2008 Names January 28, 2009

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1 Ethan Emma     
2 Jacob Ava     
3 Noah Olivia     
4 Aiden Isabella     
5 Jack Madison     
6 Logan Sophia     
7 Ryan Abigail     
8 Matthew Emily     
9 Jackson Addison     
10 Michael Chloe     
11 Gavin Ella     
12 Jayden Lily     
13 Andrew Hannah     
14 Joshua Mia     
15 Tyler Grace     
16 Dylan Samantha     
17 Alexander Alyssa     
18 Nathan Elizabeth     
19 William Sarah     
20 Daniel Taylor     
21 Benjamin Natalie     
22 Nicholas Alexis     
23 Evan Avery     
24 James Anna     
25 Mason Hailey

Here are the top 25 names of 2008.  This past fall, I had a few neat experiences, around the name Sadie.  A young grandmother came ahhing over the custom name bracelets, and seeing a sample, that read “Sadie”, she was even more touch, with a new addition to the family, with this name.  Later, they came back with baby Sadie in tow, and said, “Isn’t this precious! and then realizing again, that the name of  the company is “Precious Sadie’s”. 

I have actually hit the top 2008 list for custom bracelets, for boys:  Logan and Noah, and funny, I have done at least 4 Emma’s , 5  Mya/Maya, Victoria’s, Ava’s, Sophia’s,  Madison’s and many more names that aren’t always in the top 25, it’s amazing to see the duplicates, like Charolette, Sadie’s or even Amy’s.

Sadie is a diminutive form of Sarah in Hebrew, and means princess.  Interesting, I found out that in Spanish, it comes from Mercedes, which is another name in Spanish for the Virgin Mary.(Maria de las Mercedes).

Precious came from the idea of semi precious stones, precious jewelry, and of course, precious children!

Do you like your name and does it have a special meaning to you?

 

Staying On Top of The Season January 7, 2009

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“Costco” the wholesale store claims, they are always one season ahead, halloween in summer, christmas in fall, no wonder the years are slipping by so fast!

Like, Costco, I’m always researching what is up and coming, working on new designs and mediums, looking into the new colour palates, styles of clothing, and jewelry trends.  The nice thing with jewelry, is that I never get bored!

Trends “to follow in a general direction” come about by what certain people are wearing.   What a person chooses to wear can reflect the person’s personality or what they like.  When some have cultural status because of their job title,  then people who like or respect them may start to wear clothes and accessories of a similar style.

The designers, the clothing stores, the movie stars, to the children of the movie stars, to our peers, do affect what styles we wear today.  Most of us, want to fit in, we all want to feel we belong, and it is through keeping up with the season or the trends, that we do so.  

I personally feel that us Canadians, take a bit of time to catch up on the season.  

Flower clips, I started making and selling in the fall of 2007.    Well, this last year, they have defiantly been a hot ticket item with other hair accessories, but it’s taken a year for customers and then other vendors to catch on.   How did this start?  Most likely because of a few movie stars, or their children accessorized by them!    Now, I could tell you the newest trend in hair accessories…but I’ll keep that one to myself for now!

I research what is up and coming, and always make sure some of the new colours for the seasons, are found in my semi precious line of designs.  Now working with semi precious stones, can be a little bit difficult, as  it’s their natural colour, and may not match the colour trend, but thank goodness for other beads that do!

This past fall, some of the colours, I used were: turqouise, with brown/golds. http://www.firemountaingems.com/pdf/fall_winter_colors_2008.pdf   I did a lot of designs with lava rock, which also many were drawn too.

This season, is spectulated that jewelry will be popular that is colour blocked or in shades of different colours, and that teens will be drawn to costume jewelry.  I see that the leg warmer of the 80’s is coming back in style…and I really hope it’s not coming with beads on them…hopefully this trend won’t last!

 

Welcome to 2009! January 5, 2009

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I know, I’m a bit late posting a celebration for the New Year, but better late then never!!

All my children, will be back in school tomorrow! So holiday break is offically over and back into the routines! It was a great relaxing break!  I made myself 10 resolutions, that  I’ve already started; one of them is to go to bed early by 10:30 p.m!   For me, that is early, and I find it hard to stay asleep throughout the night.  During craft fair season, I am up till usually 1 – 2 am, and average 5 hours of sleep.   I run on a lot of adrenaline, and when I do go to bed, I don’t have to think about, ‘oh, I’m almost sleep’… or that I wake up and it’s 2:20 am and I think, “get back to sleep, you have another 4 hours!” .   I’m sure, I’m not the only one to feel like I can’t quite do everything that I want to do in a day!  I have prioritized other commitments, like exercise into my daily routine, so I keep telling myself that I need my rest!  I know we are all blessed to have the same 24 hours in a day, but there is so much I want to do, learn, and experience, that stretches from making new jewelry, home improvement (painting/organizing) to learning in other aspects.

I still feel tired from doing so many craft shows this fall (14 in total), and I need to take some time to update photos on the website www.precioussadies.com, but in the next few weeks, I will hope to be “more awake” in the daylight hours, to post some new contests, and ideas that I would like to share with you!   Yikes… 11 minutes…before bed, Goodnight!!