Archive for December, 2011

Holiday Shopping

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Usually these posts describe how different things are today compared to 50 or 100 years ago. But when it is holiday shopping time, many shop for time-honored gifts (in addition to the latest electronic gadget).

Gold, silver, crystal, and silk never go out of style. Artists create beautiful objects today but the techniques often haven’t changed over the years. Artisans in various cultures have made traditional jewelry and decorative objects the same way for years.

Our attraction to antiques and collectibles is partly, at least, based on feeling this continuum of human creativity. We remember what we used to love in our┬áparents’ or grandparents’ homes and add to our collections those things that give us a sense of family – both our individual family and the human family.