On a family trip to Washington DC a couple of summers ago, we spent most of a day at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. I could have spent all day in the gem room. I love seeing
Because both my mother and niece were born in January I've been thinking about garnets - hence today's post.
Garnets are a group of silicate crystals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones in jewelry. Not all garnets are red - their color is a function of the element other than silicon (generally aluminum or calcium) that combines to make the crystal.
|Photo credit: GIA|
As you can see garnets come a range of colors - the most common are the reds - but my favorites are the deep green tsavorite and demantoid varieties.
|Photo credit: Cecile Raley Designs|
These beauties, from one of my favorite jewelery designers, Yvonne Raley, are tsavorites. I love their almost grass-like color.
You can see more of my favorites on my Pinterest board - January birthstones.
Until next time.