Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun Friday Finds: January gems

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Happy middle of January! This Etsy collection is brought to you by garnet, the beautiful birthstone of my mother's birthday month.

The name of this gemstone comes from the same Latin root as pomegranate (pome = apple, fruit; granate = seeds, seedy) because of its resemblance to pomegranate seeds.

Although garnets actually come in a variety of colors, including blue, green and yellow, it is most strongly associated with that deep red color of the most common variety.

Merriam-Webster's dictionary describes the color in rather precise terms: "a variable color averaging a dark red that is yellower and duller than cranberry, bluer and duller than pomegranate, and bluer, stronger, and very slightly darker than average wine."

I didn't try to be quite so exacting as that when I gathered a collection of Minnesota-handmade items on Etsy celebrating this luscious gem and color. Perhaps you'll find something here for a January birthday gift.