The paper skirt in the gallery window, which includes musings on life and jewels, grew ut of doodles on scraps of paper. READ More
She was said to be shrewd, calculating and a great beauty as well. BUT her enduring legend is her ability to use her wit and charm to facilitate powerful political and personal connections.
Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She married BOTH of her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. Her parents were also siblings. They did things differently then.
She co-ruled with her brothers until she learned they were conspiring to overthrow her and successfully turned the tables to emerge the sole ruler. At the same time she dissolved her marriage contracts, started amassing her own fortune, and forged impressive liaisons with other powerful leaders.
If Cleopatra were writing her top 5 tips for success, they might look like this:
- Learn to work with what you’ve got, beauty, brains, wit, charm, motivation: you don’t need them all, a couple will do nicely. It’s how you USE them that counts.
- Mix business with pleasure, especially if you enjoy both. If you don’t enjoy both then start now to make some positive changes in that direction.
- Dress for success. If you don’t have time to swath yourself in silk, put some decent jewelry on. If the jewels are BIG enough, no one will notice your old khakis!
- Know who’s on your side and who’s out to grab your throne. A girl NEEDS allies she can trust.
- LOVE big but don’t let it blind you, inhibit you, or throw you off your path.
Some days it’s OK to go off the rails. A girl can’t always be wearing her big girl hat and polishing her goody two shoes. How much fun is that?
OK, so I got a few emails after my last post about Retrograde Mercury. Yes, the concept may seem “out there” which is what makes it so juicy. Sooo much more interesting than a booooring post about what Anne Hathaway is wearing.
Here’s how it goes: there’s meaning in the universe and we make jewelry, the way we marry these facts is by making jewelry that has some meaning behind it. (:
The Language of Six Word Sentences.
I now commit myself to six-speak.
It began with the New Yorker. They are smart creative people there. They created six word memoir contests. These memoirs instantly became wildly popular. Plumbers, preachers, and many others participated. So much so fast was unexpected. The first day their server crashed.
I love the idea, don’t you? Why not try it yourself today? Speak in sixes if you dare. Post it on our Facebook Page. The top three get fifty bucks. That’s fifty dollars’ worth of jewels. The rest get who knows what. Fun, challenges, chuckles, jewels, and games.
My favorite from the New Yorker? It made me laugh out loud.
A very witty plumber wrote it. “Fix a toilet, get paid crap.”Reading it always gets me laughing.
It’s complete thoughts we’re looking for.
Am I smart enough to understand?
I am smart enough to understand.
Yes, I’m game enough to play.
Being “out there” is such fun!
Show us the family jewels!
It doesn’t have to be the maharajah’s pearls or a golf ball sized diamond to be valuable. While so many of the items we accumulate end up worn out or abandoned without a second thought, even the humblest of jewelry often retains an emotional value far beyond its material worth.
This week we invite you to post pictures of your most memorable jewels and tell us about the stories and memories they hold. We’ll be selecting the best 3 posts and those readers get $50 gift certificates for jewels. Go HERE to post your images.
I’ll show you mine and now you show me yours!
My sister, Liz brought back the Angela Caputi bracelet (4) and necklace (5) from Italy. I wear the bracelet so much I worry I’m wearing it out! We’ve been giving one another gifts of jewelry forever. I buy her things I know I would want for myself and she does the same. Anything she gives me instantly becomes cherishable.
David Yurman is for lovers. The cable bracelet (2) is the first serious gift I got from my love before he was my husband. This gift took me by surprise when he handed it to me over dinner at Bouley. We’ve been married about 3 years.
The David Yurman link bracelet (1) was a gift from him the following Christmas. I love wearing them together. I mix them with some ummm… imitations. It’s too good and too bad that David Yurman is so widely copied… but no one (but me) ever knows which are real and which are not. He followed these up with the chain necklace (7), I wear it ALL the time with different pendants.
Finally I said, “I have enough David now, please give some other starving jewelry designer a chance.” He took the bait and gave me this Monica Castiglioni ring (3) for my next birthday. It’s magnificent. I crave MORE Monica…
The freshwater pearl bracelet (6) was a gift from one of my best friends. For a few years we were buying one another gifts from a jewelry designer we knew and adored. This bracelet became even more special when the designer died.
I have more. Much. More. Jewelry that is…