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This bracelet can be found at www.totaldelights.com it is made with Garnets and freshwater pearls, sterling silver

 January Birthstone : Garnet

Birthstone Color: Deep Red

 One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate fruit explains why the word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “grain” or “seed.”  This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed.  But don’t bite into a garnet, because at Moh’s hardness 6.5 to 7.5, it will definitely damage the teeth! 

There are many myths and legends surrounding the garnet.  One Biblical legend is that Noah hung this gem on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God’s wrath.  A Greek myth linked to the garnet is the story of the young goddess of sunshine, Persephone, who was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. Hades eventually released Persephone, but not before he offered her some pomegranate seeds, which guaranteed her return to him. 

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, and violets—a virtual bouquet of colors.  This diversity is due to unique combinations of elements within each particular gem, such as iron, calcium, and manganese.  

Archaeologist findings of primitive style garnet jewelry among the graves of lake dwellers dates the early use of this gemstone to the Bronze age.  But not all garnet is of gem quality.   It is also a very effective abrasive and is used commercially for grinding and polishing.  Garnet coated sandpaper is one such industrial use.  

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 January’s birthstone, but far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.


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so this new year is bringing many new changes to Total Delights, Deb And I are going to add some great new handcrafted gift items.  And we will be introducing some new lines to our site.  We are so excited about these changes.

Ok so we are not just into handcrafted jewelry we have tryed our hand at just about all kinds of handcrafted things, lets see handmade soap, candles, scrapbooking, cardmaking, painting wood.  You name it we have tryed it.  And some of these things you will be seeing on our site.  So make sure that you check in offen to keep up on the many changes happening here.

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So were did the month of November go I can’t believe that this year is soon coming to end.  The new year will bring lots of changes and new adventures for us at Total Delights.  We are going to be designing some exclusive handcrafted jewelry pieces for a new company and possibly more great things happening for Deb and I.   I have yet to find the contest earrings but I am still looking ( note to self moving 10 people across 4 states is a crazy thing)  But don’t worry I still have all the names of those who entered and I will get things found or make new ones.

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It seems like forever since I have added to this blog The move to Missouri has taken the wind out of me and I feel like I am just starting to get my bearings again.  So sorry it has taken so long to get things going again, truth be know I am still living with boxes everywhere.  But that will just take time.  I will be posting the winner for the ( lets see Sept contest) within the week and posting a new item. I believe it is time for a bracelet. Or if the spirit moves me maybe a necklace.

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There are many ways to care for your Sterling silver jewelry, One of the most simple is to place your pieces in zip lock bags with a small piece of white chalk, this will keep the moisture down and minimize your need to polish your pieces. If your pieces do tarnish then cleaning with a special treated cloth is all you need to do. In those rare cases you may need to use other means I posted a option a few posts ago that works well. The best thing to do is to prevent the tarnish, use the chalk and baggies. Then the cleaning will stay a minimum. For other care info see our website.

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These have been added to the contest earrings, I wonder what I will add next keep the entries coming.

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We have something great and new at Total Delights Support Jewelry these pieces, have been created to give that extra support. Some may need the help with not smoking, or any other thing that you might be struggling with.

The first bracelet is made with Blue lace agate and freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals, sterling silver
Blue lace agate creates hope, harmony and positive thinking, calming ,and is an uplifting stone
pearls are also known for health and inner peace.

The second is made with Autumn jasper which is said to protect from negative energy and freshwater pearls for health and inner peace.

the third is made from smoky quartz, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals, sterling silver
smoky quartz Is nature’s stone of endurance, fostering serenity, calmness, and positive thoughts. Then again I used my favorite freshwater pearls for the health and inner peace. The pearls in this bracelet are nuggets and faceted pearls.
you can find these at http://www.totaldelights.com/support.html

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