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We have new things in the planning, We will soon be hosting online parties, well actually you will be the hostess and this will be the most simple party you have ever hosted. Just email out your invites and follow up with a reminder email close your party and do your own shopping with your credits. We mail the orders out you don’t have to worry about deliveries. How simple is that. The hostess gifts will be great and well I won’t give away anymore details till we launch our whole party plan. So keep checking in, so you can be the first to hostess a Totally Delightful party of your own.
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.
Posted in freshwater pearls, gemstones, handcrafted jewelry, web site, tagged cardmaking, crafts, handcrafted gift items, handcrafted jewelry, handmade gifts, scrapbooking on January 10, 2009| Leave a Comment »
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.
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.
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.
I thought that I would answer my own poll if you didn’t catch that I love most all of the things that we create with. But gemstones are my very favorite. Moss opal has quickly become one of my favorite stones.
Moss Opal belongs to the group of common opals. In contrast to precious opal that displays all the colors of the rainbow, common opal is opaque, rarely translucent and shows no play of color. Moss opal owns its attraction to dark greenish inclusions in its milky white body that resemble moss.
The most important deposits are located in Australia.
Ever since people have believed in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love.
Opal is a birthstone for those who are born in October
Visit us at www.totaldelights.com and let us know your favorite gemstone.