This is the birthstone for those born in January, whose Zodiac sign is Capricorn. The name Garnet appears to originate with the Latin granatum malum, the name for pomegranate, a bush which produces a red fruit with seeds thereby making the most popular shade of garnet, one similar to red wine.

Garnets given as a gift signify eternal friendship and trust, although the red colour is full of passion, it’s deep shade tempers any volatility associated with the hue. In this way garnet does reflect the values of constancy, friendship, and fidelity. Those born in the month of January have the pleasure of identifying with the beautiful, deep red garnet gemstone and all it embodies.

It is an old gemstone and references to it, dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. These group of minerals referred to as garnets, comes in a rainbow of colours, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Garnet occurs in every color except blue and most varieties are named for their color i.e. Rhodolite is a purplish red. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Though garnet jewels are beautiful and can be quite expensive, the stone isn’t often considered to be a flashy choice. Garnets do need to be handled with care, however, as they are not nearly as strong as other gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires, or diamonds.

Tiffany & Co published a series of birthstone verses in 1870, which reflect the commonly recognized stones for each birth month. Here’s what the famous jewelers had to say about January:

“By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

Whether or not you believe a gemstone truly has the power to instill such qualities, they can at least be reminders that help us draw on our innate capacities for them. According to jewelsforme.com, mystical properties associated with garnet include healing properties for inflammatory diseases and all things related to blood. It’s also thought to encourage self-esteem and truthfulness, as well as warding off nightmares and depression.

Just as January is the first month of a new year, garnet is said to be a good stone to wear when embarking on a new venture or moving to a new city.

Have you got a Garnet in your jewellery box?



One Man’s Meat…

Its amazing how we all love different things. One person might be a  minimalist while others love being brazen and brash, I might love neutrals while you want a pop of colour.

I’m currently trying out an experiment on my etsy store, I’m creating all sorts of jewellery to see which is appealing to the market (or those who view my store). I am for minimalist and special, so I originally created simple yet stylish pieces that could be worn all day, everyday but could also double as night wear. An example is my Lulu piece pictured below

even though the world should take style ideas from me, lol, it seems the trending crave is big, bold and chunky. I would not have made anything closely related to big, bold or chunky but as usual I’m strapped for cash. I spent most of it acquiring silver smithing tools and my only means for indulging in my passion to create was to put all my spare beads crystals and accessories to good use and this led to my making the Grape Vine Necklace.

I normally would not wear this piece although I made it with the utmost care and appreciation of the colours, the aesthetics and the wearability of the piece. So I made it, uploaded it on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/baiyejewellery and went to sleep. I woke up to rave reviews and messages in my inbox, the surprise was someone was inquiring whether it was for sale. Rave in my case is 20 friends but compared to the other responses I get this was a bucket load. I have a feeling people just see the items on my updates smirk and scroll down to something more interesting,  so this was great.

I have therefore decided not to ‘colour’ my pieces with my personal judgement, I dont have to be able to wear everything I make, male jewellery designers can obviously not be wearers of all their pieces.

One mans meat……is another mans poison.

C’est La Vie




D@AC? is it a noun? a verb? a formula?

Let me put you out of your misery………………. it is a Nigerian Watch brand owned by two lovely ladies, Busola Akomolede and Bola Anibaba.

D@AC stands for ‘DAT Akomolede Chic’, I came across this article on Hilltop247 and fell in love with the watches.

They got a full range of Male and Femal watches here.

My favourite is called Metro Woman, I prefer it in the Chrono Blue version, which is one of the 8 colours available, why don’t you check them out here.


I’m really impressed by what the present crop of young people are doing in the various industries, these watches are Swiss made and go at pocket friendly prices in comparison to their counterparts of the same quality.

Just though I’d share.

What’s your taste in Watches?




I have been searching for inspiration for my jewellery, so started looking into all things African……I know coral is the bead of choice but I’m a fan for clear cut stones, cabochons and gems. So I realised I would have to look for inspiration else where.

Africans just looove colour, it is seen in their outfits, headties and fabrics, so one of the point to note was colour. I decided to go on YouTube to look at African fashion shows and trends and ended up watching all of Chris Aire’s shows and collections. I loved the Chris Aire Hollywood Glamour Collection Spring 2011, one necklace in particular that caught my eye; it is a multi strand necklace with an amazing mesh of colour and guess what? they were clear stones. Look out for it at 3.27 0f the video (oooo I love me some Chris Aire) ……….

……..then it struck me, Why don’t I design jewellery with colour schemes that match the ever versatile Ankara Fabric. Genious!

Each ankara design is just so versertile, colourful and unique, it would be quite a challenging task but that’s exactly what I’m looking for.

While searching for ankara designs, I found out that there’s a company in Middlesex called Middlesex Textiles who make the prints and would deliver the fabrics to me in the UK, yay!!!!

I’ll just have to decide whether I’m going to purchase these fabrics first, so they can be made into outfits for the photo shoot of each pieces or shall I just randomly create from the styles and designs I come across?

hmmmmn, well here are a few samples I fell in love with, I’ll come up with a few designs and update you in a bit.



E Kaabo


I’m an aspiring jewellery designer with a love for life, all things creative and great jewellery. I’m actually a lawyer who spends all her free time making and designing jewellery, scouring the internet for new stones and gems and spending all my scrimped and scraped earnings on buying stones, silver and tools.

I’m working on building my brand ‘Baiyé’ (with an accent on the é) 😀 into a world reknowed jewellery line……here’s all that goes on in this artsy mind of mine.