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Something red

Unlike the days leading up to Christmas, the winter chill in January seems particularly keen and biting.  Copious amounts of hot chocolate notwithstanding, I’m trying to keep my spirits up by dreaming up and creating pretty things for Valentine’s Day. Yes, that day especially beloved by Hallmark.  I won’t get into too much detail now since we are still a bit ways off, but if you are thinking of something pretty to treat yourself (who says we have to wait for someone else to give us presents?), here’s a little teaser….


A beautiful necklace composed of rare elbow shaped Venetian beads from Ercole Moretti (more on them later!) and red and yellow faceted French beads from the 50s. DSCN0473Something pretty to wear during this wintry period of the year!




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A certain pearl

The world's biggest pearl used in a piece of jewelry

I love looking at jewelry wherever I may find them. Often, churches are a great source for beautiful and ostentatious jewelry. Just look at this crown. And if the fact that it is made entirely of 18 carat gold, is not enough bling, just look at all the rubies, emeralds and sapphires that have been added to it. And the highlight of this crown? Its the pearl carved into the form of the baby Jesus. Its the world’s biggest pearl ever used in a piece of jewelry! Such lavishness is of course not meant for a mere mortal, no matter how high his rank. No, this crown is reserved only for the Mary, the mother of God. Us mortals can be content with simply admiring it from behind its glass case in the magnificent Cathedral of Seville.