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Muse :: Femme Fatale

Intrigued by the sensual femme fatale from Tom Ford's Black Orchid fragrance and the mysterious night sky with its swirling clouds and pearly moon, I dug into my stash of blue-gray stones and look what I turned up: 

Blue-flash labradorites
(you can actually see the blue flash in them which is rare!);

Peacock blue and green pearls (organic and round);

Shimmering water sapphires (iolite); and 

Ocean-deep blue sapphires!

And if you notice the baroque platinum pearl, that was the last one I managed to salvage from a strand of not-too-great pearls and the golden citrine oval bursting with sunshine was a beautiful distraction.    

Tom Ford

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In Love W.E. Trust

On this Valentine's day, I'm reminded of the controversial love story of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.  Much has been written about their relationship but in short, a king gave up his throne for the love of a woman.  That was in December 1936, a time when the British royalty and society was not ready for such an action and that Wallis Simpson was twice divorced did not help gain sympathy for their relationship.

While the couple lived out the rest of their lives in exile as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they marked the milestones of their romance and twenty years of their marriage with exchanges of jeweled gifts.  The entire collection is extraordinary but to me, the most poignant ones are these:

A gem-set and diamond bracelet made by Cartier (1934 - 1944), which is a charm bracelet with nine crosses given by Edward to Wallis to note key moments in their romance.
A gold and gem-set cigarette case, also made by Cartier (1935) and given by Wallis to Edward.  It presents a two-tone map of Europe where cities the couple had visited together were inscribed with a gemstone and connected by enamel lines.

What really took my breath away was the combination of the couple's initials - Wallis and Edward becomes W.E. or "WE".  It was as if they were made for each other and destined to spend their lives together and so they did.

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