I spent months hunting the perfect snake bracelet, and finally found it in this ouroboros bangle by Nadine Essra. The snake needed to be whittled down to Platonic purity, and biting its own tail, which is the ancient sign of ouroboros, symbolizing cyclicity, interpreted as a sign of infinity, roughly translating to ”my ending is my beginning” — an eternal truth I witness everyday.
To wit? I started my day in just a Marlies Dekkers thong, and here I am again…
It seems unlikely this bracelet is legit — sterling silver instead of gold? dated 1968 instead of ’69? — but I love the nuts-and-bolts edge of the supposedly first version of Aldo Cipullo’s Love bracelet, and its reminder that even something so simple and iconic went through many iterations before it was distilled into something you couldn’t imagine any other way…
A month or so ago I was sent Chrysmela catches to try with my diamond earrings. Handmade in Japan, available in rose- and yellow-gold and rhodium, the patented catches are designed to anchor your earrings to your lobes. I’ve been swimming in them everyday, and so far, so good.
But perhaps that’s because my laps always involve my burgundy bed-head bob carefully covered with this, more than how finely made these Chrysmela catches are.
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I love the concept of Arosha Luigi Taglia’s “Golden Highway” ring: an abstract, sterling silver skyline dotted with small diamonds winking like skyscraper windows, while an 18K gold highway winds through the city.
I love the idea. The execution? Not so much. I wish it were tinier.
Somehow that reminds me of how I feel about Beyoncé…
So I listen to too much Jay-Z.
Months ago, I had a pinkie ring planned: a white gold square up to my little knuckle, with a “K” lightly hand-etched on.
And then I saw this photo of Coco Chanel.
How simply choice is a thumbprint replacing a family crest on a signet ring? But since this ring is pimped by a gallery, I wonder: is this Gerd Rothmann “Signet” ring a statement about vain individuality replacing tribal pride? Or is fingerprinting a “signet” ring — which were traditionally used to authenticate official documents — a wink at how privacy and security have dissolved? Or –
Could any other blog post better illustrate that I have a bachelors degree in Pseudo-Intellectual Masturbating?
The International Watch & Jewelry Guild (IWJG) trade show crams millions of dollars worth of merch in a Vegas Hilton conference room roamed by guard dogs at night. A IWJG member has to vouch for you — photo ID, please — before you can see loose diamonds rolled up in tissue paper, watch vintage Pateks replace cash as currency, and hear friendly haggling set market prices.
The veneer of the bling business is stripped away, and you’re left with the soul of what most people would sell their souls for.
No one at the IWJG would, though.
But they will cut you a deal on a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona…
Factio Magazine checks out the hottest art/fashion party during Art Chicago – ART ROCKS!
Grave-robbing affects more than Astor-nomical estates. Domesticblog is saddened by the Astor money not going to charities…
Most expensive teddy bear at 500,000 pounds? If you buy it, you will also get Teddy’s (owner’s) home – a beamed cottage in Lavenham, a picturesque Medieval village.
Reiner Mengesdorf’s Organic Opulance…Greco-Roman and Byzantine inspired jewelry designs are infused both with organic style and dazzling beauty.
Bloomacious takes a look at the legacy of the famous racehorse in Remembering Barbaro.
Takashi Murakami and high-end retailer Louis Vuitton collaborated before, but according to Runway to Retail, the latest installation is quite something.
From pipemakers to fashion’s finest, the Classicist looks at the history of Longchamp.
Domesticblog is warning about the “behind-the-scenes” of serving the wealthy in Cityfile: Nelson and Claudia Peltzs House of Horrors, Part Two.
Factio Magazine is craving fashion, jewelry and vacations!
A kitchen by Armani? Lamps by Diesel? You bet! Fashion designers work their magic at Milan Furniture Fair.
Castillo del Lago, Madonna’s former home in the Hollywood Hills is for sale for $14.95 million.
Check out some of the coolest art+fashion events coming up during Art Chicago, May 1-4, 2009 on Runway to Retail.
UFO-Hayashi transforms Acer Aspire One Netbook into a masterpiece worth $3000, a zen-touch-up for a netbook from the land of rising sun.
Tom Dixon, Front Design and 5.5 Designers ‘DesignBox ‘ For Veuve Clicquot.
From Bloomacious: These Game Reserves in Tanzania are picture perfect – just keep the shooting to camera shutters clicking. Was this Ernest Hemingway’s hideout?