Garnet Karma

To say that we are living in “unusual” times would be an understatement. Thankfully, I can tune out, and touch rocks to keep my sanity. Last week I gathered some of my favorite “ruff” stuff, and worked on this talisman.


Raw Spessartite Garnet Orange Kyanite & Black Spinel with Diamonds Talisman Necklace

The combo of raw spessartite garnet (encrusted with pyrite) and the raw orange kyanite (this piece is encrusted with mica) just seemed to kumbaya together, in an earthy but elegant sort of way. They both help with creativity. Adding the grounding black spinel in a pave diamond setting made me feel better too. Pyrite brings self confidence to the mix. Mica has reflective qualities to see flaws without judgement. Ready to layer, with say a deep orange strand of mandarin garnet?


Mandarin Garnet Strand Layered with Talisman Necklace

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll notice that I often refer to my collecting or um, “hoarding” of rocks. This really beautiful hessonite has been in my stash for awhile. I have loved it and gazed upon it for quite some time. It’s ready to go out in the world as a ring. It’s a very unusual cut called “surface cut”, a gorgeous peachy color, and a nice size; over eight carats. Perfect for artists of all kinds: hessonite garnets inspire and bring out the artist even in the seemingly untalented! Hessonite garnets also remove dark thoughts and intensify one’s life.


Surface Cut Hessonite Garnet Ring

My other obsession is opal (OK, I have way more than just ONE other obsession). But, I did free a couple from my stash to make these Miss Matched earrings. FYI: Opals offer inspiration and enhance creativity.


Miss Matched Boulder Opal Earrings

Of course, I am gearing up to go get more rock candy in Tucson at the end of January. I’ll post pics of my finds, you can follow me on my Instagram account here:

Clicking on a photo will take you to the shop for more info on these pieces.

Happy 2017 to all. It is garnet groove approved!


  1. kate January 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the layered look with the necklaces. You are a genius and a “rock”star!!

    Happy Belated Birthday,

  2. ledajewelco January 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Ah shucks! Thank you Kate 🙂

  3. Earl Nielsen January 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Lydia: You DO make some beautiful things. I always enjoy looking at your “rocks”. Earl

  4. ledajewelco January 18, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mr. Earl! <3

  5. Emma January 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I love these new pieces Lydia. It’s always exciting to see what you do with your rocks – when they’re ready to be released from the hoard. Happy hunting in Tucson.

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