Diamonds & Sapphires & Emeralds, Oh, My!

Welcome to my Saturday.

Himself and I went to the Van Cleef & Arpel exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum this morning and for a jewelry houndette like myself, it was almost like going to church.

Mystery-set diamonds (bet you don’t know what that is, do you? I didn’t, either. It’s when matched gems are grooved and set in channels so the setting is invisible) in platinum, rubies and diamonds in a bracelet so heavy you can’t imagine lifting your wrist (though Marlene Dietrich managed to do it, as it was her piece). Brooches in the shapes of mushrooms, birds on a branch, and feathers. Necklaces that turn into earrings and bracelets, brooches that can transform into rings, and on and on and on.

I was reduced to saying things like, “Wow.” “Himself, you gotta see this.” And my favorite, ”   .” That’s when I was left speechless. Himself had to slowly but firmly guide me out of the museum at that point.

I have lots of jewelry and I often feel that the costume is as much fun and gives as much pleasure as the real stuff. But I have to admit that when you see these pieces – dramatically lit and gorgeously presented –  there’s  a difference when you rub up against the real thing. Amen!


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