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Stone of January:
Garnet is known as the stone of health - ridding the body of negative
energies and transmuting them to a beneficial state. Also know in the
past as a stone of commitment - to purpose, to others, to oneself.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer),
Legends on garnet
Garnet is a
January gemstone. The name "garnet" comes from the Latin
GRANATUS (grain), possibly a reference to the Punica
GRANATUM (pomegranate), a plant with red seeds similar
in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.
Six common species (but altogether, more than ten different
gemstones!) of garnet are recognized based on their chemical
composition, they make up two solid solution groups: Pyralspite
garnets (almandine, pyrope, spessartine) and Ugrandite garnets
(andradite, grossular, and uvarovite). Garnets species are
found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The most common
variety of garnet is pyrope and talking about garnet we usually
mean pomegranate-seeds-like red to dark-red and purple-red
crystals of pyrop.
Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and
legends about the garnet. In Greek mythology, a pomegranate is
referenced as a gift of love and is associated with eternity.
Nowadays, garnet remains as a gift of love and is traditionally
given for the 19th anniversary of marriage. It may also be used
as a gift for two-year and six-year anniversaries. Moreover,
garnet is symbolic of a quick return and separated love.
The most notable reference in Greek mythology where garnet is
thought to be symbolized by a pomegranate, involves Hades and
It is as follows: after Hades had abducted
Persephone and taken her down into the underworld, Zeus, on the
behalf of Demeter, commanded him to release her. Zeus sent
Hermes to ensure the safety of Persephone's passage. Hermes
found Persephone seated next to Hades. Upon the sight of Hermes,
Persephone was elated to be released from underworld. Hades
knew he must head the command of his brother and had no choice
but to let her go. Hades was eager to ensure her return.
Before leaving, Hades gave, as a gift to Persephone, a
pomegranate. She willingly accepted it and Hades knew that once
she experienced the sweetness of the ripened seeds that she
would return to him. In fact Persephone did return to Hades for
three months of every year forever. Persephone's return caused
the winter to arrive for the three month for which she remained
Garnet has been used by various Indian tribes to enhance the
potency of fire and to heal and enlighten their people. Among
these tribal groups are Mayans, Aztecs, certain African tribes,
Native American and South American Indians. It has also been said
that garnet has been ground up into a soft silky mass and heated
to act as a medicinal remedy for fever (even yellow and other
dangerous forms of fever).
In medieval times, the stones were thought to cure depression,
protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as
well as hemorrhages. According to legend, Noah used a finely cut,
glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days
and nights. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the
twelve gems in Aaron's breastplate. Christian tradition considered
the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ's sacrifice. The Koran
holds that the garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Muslims.
The Greeks said it guarded children from drowning. It was also
thought to be potent against poisons.
Jewelry in garnet by Albina Polyanskaya
Albina's E-mail: email@example.com
Albina's Website: www.beads.com.ua
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It seems to be a rule that in winter we miss summertime with its
green trees, bright flowers, a hot sun for swimming, fishing,
eating outside, and much more! In December's issue we told you about
summery bead designs by Svetlana Eltsova from Finland who creates
beaded jewelry with flowers. Our featured artist today is Dana Torakis,
who makes lampwork flower beads, as well as mosaic, jewelry and so on.
Visiting her website you will also enjoy her beautiful paintings.
Dana Torakis is 37 years old, an animal-loving mother of a 13 year
old boy, living near a very pretty lake in St. Clair Shores, Michigan,
with her husband, son, puppy, four cats, a hamster, a rat, a snake and
Dana says, "Art has always been an important part of my life while
punching a clock and working 9 to 5 has not been as interesting.
I have been lucky to have the opportunity to express my creativity in
various forms, and eventually making a career of it. I began my career
in art by becoming a freelance web and graphics designer in the late
1990's. Even though that was a lot of fun, I really had the urge to
use my hands to create. Drawing and sculpting were always hobbies of
mine, and I was really inspired to try painting. Selling paintings
online as well as commissioning for a few years gave me the confidence
to believe I could turn my hobbies into a career.
I credit my husband with my becoming a lampwork artist.
He talked me into buying a beginner kit, and I've been addicted ever
since. All of the different media I like to work with contribute to
new ideas and creative expression with each other. More and more, I
feel there aren't enough hours in the day for all of the things I like
to do. I feel I am very lucky to have a husband who supports my
endeavors, and allows me to be me. Lately, besides my lampwork, I
enjoy beadwork and bead weaving, glass fusing, mosaics, painting,
sculpting, printmaking, fiber arts (knit, crochet, felting, sewing,
etc.), and a lot more."
Lampwork flower beads by Dana Torakis
Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on
February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is
the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other
by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering
confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous
Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated
with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High
Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
An alternative theory from Belarus states that the holiday originates
from the story of Saint Valentine, who upon rejection by his mistress
was so heartbroken that he took a knife to his chest and sent her his
still-beating heart as a token of his undying love for her. Hence,
heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute to his overwhelming
passion and suffering.
Another source of the St.Valentine's Day tradition is The Golden
Legend (Legenda Aurea or Legenda Sanctorum) by Jacopo da
Varagine that is a collection of fanciful hagiographies or lives of
the saints, that became a late medieval bestseller. It was probably
compiled around the year 1260.
The Golden Legend still providing no connections whatsoever with
sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern
times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested
law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II Gothicus, allegedly
ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did
this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for
good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed
marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about
this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an
embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine
was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself,
addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as
the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both.
It was a note that read "From your Valentine."
Valentine's Day became the day that is most closely associated
with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines".
Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves,
and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century,
handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting
cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century
Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful
business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made
Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine
cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future
commercialization of holidays in the United States.
In the second half of the twentieth century, the practice of
exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the
United States, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically
include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped
box. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote
Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. The day has
come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of "Happy
Valentine's Day." As a joke, Valentine's Day is also referred to
as "Singles Awareness Day."
The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is
creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year,
digital means of creating and sending Valentine's Day greeting
messages such as e-cards, love coupons or printable greeting
Valentine's Day jewelry and accessories by Victoriya Katamashvili
Tutorial by V.Katamashvili. How to make: Beaded "Heart"
Victoriya's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoriya's Website: www.master-raduga.narod.ru
Jewelry from organza and beads
Our second guest today, Lyuba Radomishenskaya, is a self-taught designer,
learning techniques by books and magazines. While a student at the
University of Communications in Odessa, she began her first craft of
knitting. Soon after that she also took up satin-stitch embroidery and
found her favorite fabrics to be thin, such as cambric silk. It was not
until many years later, while working for Swedish cosmetic company
Oriflame, that she discovered beading. When Lyuba was given a brooch
that looked like a tiny bunch of flowers and a matching necklace, both
made of beads, she and her family wanted to discover how it was made.
They all attempted to recreate this jewelry and Lyuba discovered her
enjoyment of beading.
In the beginning, she created beaded jewelry using patterns from any
prints, but soon she felt that she could create her own designs and
decided to combine beads and organza ribbons. Lyuba designs necklaces
that look similar to braids and are made from ribbons and beads. She
says that the technique doesn't seem to be very complicated, and the
most important piece is to work on shapes and color patterns.
Lyuba was born, raised and still resides in Tbilisi, Georgia; a city rich
in history, art, and culture. She began her beading in 2000 and since 2006
has participated in many different exhibitions. In 2007 she had her first
solo exhibition. Her works can be found in the UK, Germany, Poland, Israel
and other countries as well. Some of Lyuba's art was bought and others
presented by Lyuba herself as gifts. At the end of 2008, Lyuba was a
contestant in the "Faberge Modern" competition held by Forbes magazine and
although she didn't take home any awards, she was very happy to take part!
Today, Lyuba is still doing all of her favorite crafts, but she feels that
beading is the loveliest; that's her love forever. Lyuba's philosophy is
that the type of hobby doesn't matter, the most important thing is that it
should come from the soul and be for the soul!
Organza and beads. Artwork by Lyuba Radomishenskaya
Step by step - tutorials
To help our readers who makes beaded jewelry we regularly publish
free tutorials. The link to Victoriya Katamashvili's "How to make:
Beaded "Heart" tutorial is above, and we would like to give you some
We believe, that you liked artworks of Lyuba Radomishenskaya, who
makes jewelry using organza ribbons and beads. Below you will find
her tutorial teaching how to make ribbon braids to use them in
Another couple of tutorials is about how to make a hand bell using
beads. There are two versions of this instruction - to work with one
needle and to work with needles. We hope that you will be able to
find some time and to try highly interesting beadwork! We wish you
How to make: Organza Braid for Necklace
How to make: Hand Bell (using two needles)
How to make: Hand Bell (using one needle)
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XX
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Greater Chesapeake Bay / Williamsburg Area
Explore an American art that has developed and grown with the nation.
The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is a compilation of quilting, fiber arts,
and wearable arts. It's the perfect place for quilt enthusiasts and textile
artists to meet, shop, learn and explore their art.
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