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January Birthstone Highlight: Garnet

January Birthstone Highlight: Garnet

Molly Schaller
molly 11 months ago

Welcome to 2017! Each month we will highlight that month’s birthstone or perhaps one of the alternative birthstones. Did you know you have a choice? January’s traditional birthstone is garnet, a lovely dark shade of red.

January’s Birthstone: Garnet

Raw Garnet

Raw Garnet

Color: a deep, rich shade of red, but it can also be found in brown, green, yellow and orange shades

Care: clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush

Meanings/Properties: fire, fidelity, constancy, stability, devotion, promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy

Uses: prevents lethargy; stimulates blood, heart, and lungs

This month’s garnet birthstone project features Chinese garnet rounds with gold accents and leather in a fringed necklace with a lot of movement that you’ll love to wear. These and other semi-precious garnet stones are at your fingertips in the Bead Gallery aisle. Here’s what I created with my beautiful deep red garnet rounds: the Garnet Tuxedo Necklace. Just click the image for printable instructions along with a shopping list for all of the materials you’ll need to make your own.

Garnet Tuxedo Necklace by Molly Schaller for Halcraft USA

Click the image for printable PDF instructions to make your own Garnet Tuxedo Necklace with real Chinese garnet Bead Gallery beads available at Michaels Stores!

I really love the construction of this dressy necklace, with the columns of beads that travel up and down. To get a better idea of how it looks and the construction (it’s always nice to see how the clasp is attached), here’s the same necklace laying flat in a straight line.

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Follow the up and down of upside-down pyramid shapes with dangles in the Garnet Tuxedo Necklace. Click for printable PDF instructions.

Each month has one or more secondary or alternate birthstones as well as the traditional one. January’s is rose quartz. We absolutely LOVE rose quartz at Halcraft USA, and you can find real rose quartz pendants, chips, and beads in the Bead Gallery aisle. Here’s one project that features rose quartz, but looks equally on-trend with any type of chip bead and your choice of personalized charm as a pendant: rose quartz chip & charm choker.

January’s Secondary Birthstone: Rose Quartz

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Click for step-by-step printable and photo instructions to make your own rose quartz and rose gold feather choker.

Color: cloudy, translucent pink or peach

Care: clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush

Meanings/Properties: love, friendship, beauty

Uses: healing, opening oneself to loving and receiving love from others, calming

Visit again next month to see what we make using one of my favorites: amethyst. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get your creative motors running with our Pretty Palettes challenge featuring this year’s Pantone Colors of the Year!

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Molly Schaller

About Molly Schaller

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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