We know, we know. This sounds like one of those Hallmark made-up holidays designed to get you to spend money on cards and flowers and candy.
But Sweetest Day actually started out as Candy Day over 100 years ago. In 1916, the National Confectioners' Association designated the third Saturday in October as a day to make a difference through acts of kindness.
Gary James retired eight years ago and settled in the southwest. His interest in Native American jewelry inspired him to begin working with turquoise. During a trade show in Phoenix, he learned about the gemstone larimar. A variety of the mineral pectolite, which is found throughout the world, the sea-blue color of larimar is only found in the Dominican Republic.