Go for Garnets!

It’s January, and I think garnets are perfect for this month’s birthstone.
They are so deep and rich…a wonderful complement to our heavy sweaters
and dark colors here in Maine!

Don’t have a birthday in January? According to some traditions, garnets are
also often given on the second and sixth wedding anniversaries, so drop a
hint if you need to!

Now a little history lesson… garnets come in a huge variety of colors, so they
are very versatile for jewelry. For example, rhodolite is purplish red, hessonite
is orange, cinnamon, or pinkish. Tsavorite, grossularite, uvarovite and demantoid
are also green varieties. Pyrope garnets are purplish red, orangy red, or crimson.

Folklore & Legends:
Garnets are said to have wonderful powers, including healing, strength
and protection, and they are often worn to relieve skin inflammations,
regulate the heart and blood flow, and aid in curing depression–I can’t
think of any better reasons to have one (or more!).

In earlier times, garnets were exchanged by friends to express their affection
for each other and to ensure that they meet again. I love that; don’t you?
Sold on garnets? Come see me and we’ll find one for you.

 

I enhanced this lotus pendant and earrings with garnets…I think they work so beautifully together.

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Happy New Year!

 

I would like to extend an enormous thank you and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  2018 marks an important personal milestone: with your generous support, I will be celebrating ten years as a full-time artist!

During winter/spring of 2018, I will be working on custom orders and new work for the upcoming summer season and enjoying some travel. Do you have a project in mind?  Do you have some stones or precious metal to use in a new piece of jewelry?  I’d be honored to design something special for you!  Please contact me at 207-221-6552, info@chayastudio.com or www.ChayaStudio.com.

Here’s a wonderful video, made last year by Channel 8 WMTW, about the Holiday Art Show. Enjoy!

Maine jeweler opens shop to artists, craftsmen

I hope you have a very Happy New Year. From me to all of you, here’s to 2018!

Many hugs, Chaya