Archive for February, 2012

Pearls

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The history of pearls in the decorative arts and in jewelry goes back thousands of years. Still, in the 21st century, they are worn worldwide and used as decorative accents.

 

 

Since natural pearls are animal-made randomly, they are scarce. Cultured pearls are also made in the shell but are “started” by the pearl farmer.

 

Artificial pearls are made in factories by coating a sphere with lustrous material. Some man-made pearls are quite nice and of superior quality.

Pearls are used in a great variety of jewelry settings. In the early and mid-20th century, pearls reached one of their peaks in popularity. The “little string of pearls” was a fashion necessity. The Queen of England must have hundreds of strings!

 

Queen Elizabeth II and Michelle Obama

 

St Valentines Day

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Valentine’s Day commemorates St Valentine, right? But we don’t know for sure which Valentine or exactly why. And why does the heart shape equate with romantic love?

 

In early historical times, the heart was thought to be the seat of intelligence, emotion, and reason. The essence of what makes us human. The heart symbol also has been used for centuries to indicate romantic love. The reason is lost in time and the symbol itself has little resemblance to an actual heart.
 

Whatever the origin, the Victorians loved the idea of romantic love and its hold on the heart. Postals (postcards) became very popular in this period and Valentine’s Day became the time to express this affection.

 

We continue to send gifts to our love at this time. They may be edible, smell lovely, or may be tokens to be worn or to be admired on the dressing table.

 

Update: Tiffany necklace has been sold.