Garnet, the January birthstone, is in my opinion, underappreciated. Garnet derived its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like a grain, which refers to the mode of occurrence where crystals resemble grains or seeds embedded in the matrix. The name is also thought to be derived from the pomegranate fruit because some garnet crystals bear a resemblance to pomegranate seeds. Believe it or not, garnet displays the greatest variety of color of any mineral, occurring in every color except blue. Garnets can sometimes exhibit optical phenomena such as asterism (a star shaped pattern of reflections), chatoyancy (a “cat’s eye” seen in reflected light), or a color change when viewed under different types of lighting.
One of the big trends this spring is the bib or statement necklace using natural components. They are the “notice me necklaces” of 2014. So, first a few statement necklaces and then some pieces using natural wood or stone. Needless to say, the trend toward using natural components and/or reclaimed gold or silver is HUGE. Going green has never been hotter.
Ear cuffs are the new arm cuffs.
It seems like ear cuffs, like most trends from the 1980s, are having a comeback moment. Mrs. Jones really noticed it during the punk rock theme of the 2013 Met Gala. There was quite a wide variety to be seen on the likes of Sienna Miller, Rooney Mara, and Cara Delevingne. They also showed up all over the spring fashion collections. They are equal parts punk and glam. They are just a little extra something to notice. Like all jewelry, you can dictate your look from delicate and simple to intricate, bejeweled and studded. It looks like this trend is here to stay for awhile.