My birthday is in January and garnet is my birthstone. I think garnets are beautiful gemstones and enjoy working with them. They are gorgeous as the main element in a piece of jewelry, they also can add warmth and contrast to a piece made primarily of other colors without bringing in too much red. I remember growing up not liking that garnet was my birthstone. I wanted March (aquamarine), June (pearl), or July (ruby). I also wanted my name to be Lisa or Cindy. I eventually grew into garnet and Charlene and would not change either. Funny how sometimes what we think we want isn’t at all what is right for us.
And so, I love garnet. I got the centerpiece for this two-strand bracelet at a bead show in Maryland. I thought it was unique and I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it since then. It took me a while to figure out how to use it. I envisioned it as a pendant but once I opened my mind to another possibly, I quickly saw that it worked so much better as the focal point of a bracelet. I used garnets in two shapes – faceted teardrops and faceted round beads. I added garnet toned glass pearls and little red spacer beads. Keeping an open mind and seeing possibilities, always good things.