The news media is buzzing with
the strong finish retailers had in 2003. Gauging from our mid-December
orders, things shaped up nicely for our customers as consumers felt
reassured by stronger economic predictions and the capture of Saddam
We would like to wish you a happy and prosperous
new year. To celebrate, we're offering 20% off every order over
$150. This offer is not valid with any other discounts. Take 20%
off everything on our site, including sale and close out items.
Note: we are not offering this discount on our lowest price for
pendants and rings by the gram (these remain at 49¢/gram in
quantities above 10 pcs.), nor does the discount apply to our box
of 100 cords, sorry.
Garnet is the birthstone for the month of
January & anniversary gemstone for the second year of marriage.
Garnet derives its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like
a grain. This is a reference to the way garnets appear as grains
or seeds embedded in the matrix.
The garnet is actually a family of gems rather than
a single gemstone. They are found in large quantity and in fine
qualities, so a wide selection is available at affordable prices.
Garnet is found in every color of the spectrum except blue. Colors
range from deep ruby red to emerald green.
This family of stones has been dubbed the gem of
faith, constancy and truth. Asian tribes carved garnets into bullets
in the belief that their fiery color would inflict more deadly wounds.
They were ground into powder for the treatment of fever or jaundice.
The best known members of this family are the deep
red almandine and pyrope garnets. The almandine is what most people
think of when garnet is mentioned, and is the type we use in our
jewelry at Whirled Planet. It is a dark red with a slightly brownish
or violet tinge. The pyrope tends to have less brown in it.
Another variety, rhodolite, was widely used in Greece
during the period between the reign of Alexander the Great and the
conquest of Rome. Alexander popularized the cutting of cameos from
precious stones, and rhodolite was ideal for this purpose. Engravers
created a button shape (flat bottom with rounded top) in which to
carve their artwork. This was the forerunner of the ever popular
cabochon shape seen in jewelry to this day.
Spessartite trends into oranges in a variety of
shades from tangerine to cinnamon. In the late 1960's a new species
of garnet was discovered. Tsavorite, named after the Tsavo region
of Africa, resembles a fine green emerald. This type of garnet is
increasingly rare and therefore costly. The very rare demantoid
variety of andradite is an emerald green with a diamond-like fire.
Uvarovite garnet may also be emerald green, but it is found only
in tiny sizes. Grossularite, another variety of garnet, resembles
Fashions come and go but garnet is always popular.
Beyond its designation as a birthstone and anniversary stone, it
is a versatile gem. Whether with denim, lace or black velvet, garnet
is often the perfect match. You can find garnet
in almost every design of jewelry on our site.
To get an idea of the designs we offer in this popular
stone, click here.
Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show:
This is the largest gem and jewelry show in the country,
and possibly in the world. The whole town of Tucson becomes one
big jewelry show with wholesale exhibitors from all over the world
displaying their wares at very competitive prices. At the show,
which is held at more than 30 venues around town, you can find everything
from crystals and fossils to beads to finished jewelry. For more
info, visit http://www.tucsonshowguide.com/tsg/
We will be exhibiting in the Gem Mall, booth #301.
We are bringing in over 300 lbs. of silver jewelry specially made
for this show. Many of the items displayed will be one-of-a-kind
pieces. Special care has been taken to produce the highest quality
goods, most of which will be sold by weight. Please call 888-408-0072,
or email us if you need
What's up for Spring?
Hard to imagine that Spring is just around
the corner. Many parts of the country are hunkering down for the
worst of Winter weather, so how can we think about Spring?
The world of fashion looks ever forward. It seems
like it's always about next season. One thing we've discovered over
the years from our valuable pool of wholesale customers is that
while fashions come and go, nothing beats clean, contemporary styling.
When we make selections, it is usually based more on how it looks
and feels than on what's hot now or what's hot next.
Taking that with a grain of salt, we have some forecasts
to help you make your selections for fairer weather.
Hobo, clutch, satchel, short shoulder: all are strong
for the upcoming seasons. What matters most going forward is the
color: brights continue to be strong. Handbags in lime,
pink and bright blue will be the rage. What's interesting about
this trend though, is that it started to take hold in fall. A number
of designers took a bold step toward brights at a time when we usually
see browns, burgundies and blacks dominate. Pink has been so strong
since fall, in fact, that some are calling it the "new black."
Simple, clean silhouettes will dominate, thankfully.
Look for clutches to continue in popularity, as well as elongated
shapes that are both functional and appealing to the eye. Graffiti
styles continue to be popular, featuring popular icons, advertisements,
We have added some cute silk purses from Vietnam
as the first installment of a whole new series bags and purses with
vivid colors as the theme. These new purses are available in lime,
pink, blue, purple, burgundy, antique white, antique green, and
saffron orange. Click here
to see them now, then check back in February when we add more to
Spring Bling: Jewelry forecasts call for big bold
designs like cocktail rings and large, single
stone rings. Chandelier
earrings are looking to be strong for the foreseeable future.
The stones to look for are citrine,
and anything with a bit of flash like rainbow
moonstone or labradorite.
Hope to see you in Tucson in February. Be sure to
take advantage of our 20% off sale this month... This is our best
deal of the year!