Find the Perfect Christmas Gift - Jewelry
" Well," you may ask, "isn't precious jewelry romantic by it's nature?"
To some extent this holds true, however we wear jewelry for any variety of reasons that are not romantic ... to look advanced, to look professional, to impress our friends and neighbors.
What about the romance of precious jewelry?
In this case I'm discussing love in a wider sense than just relationships.
Something more like this meaning from the dictionary:
" A quality or feeling of mystery, enjoyment, and remoteness from daily life"
For many cultures, including the Romans and the Victorians, snakes were a sign of withstanding love. A snake biting it's own tail so as to make a circle is an especially powerful sign of everlasting love. Prince Albert provided Queen Victoria a snake engagement ring-- the beginning of a long and renowned marital relationship.
Romantic jewelry is that fashion jewelry that makes you feel special, different, like a princess or a prince. That fashion jewelry that takes you from your normal hum drum life each time you put it on. The little something additional that comes of using something truly unique.
The shape of jewelry too can harbor a romantic message. Hearts and clasped hands, hands holding a heart (Claddagh) and cupids are self explanatory, but some shapes are a bit more subtle.
Other gems that influence sensations of love are pearls, emeralds and rubies ... and, of course, for lots of people, diamonds.
Possibly that is why gold is such a popular metal for fashion jewelry. I love silver and platinum and there are other metals (titanium enters your mind) that make fantastic precious jewelry, but there is absolutely nothing like the romance of gold. To use gold is to use the fashion jewelry of kings and queens. In ancient Egypt only the pharaohs and those particularly favored by the pharaohs were permitted to wear gold. This feeling of being unique and above the fray has continued to the modern. If you wish to seem like royalty (or if you wish to give a gift that says you consider your beloved as a king or queen), gold is the answer.
Surprisingly lizards and frogs were (and maybe still are) likewise symbols of wedded happiness. Perhaps this describes the continuing popularity of precious jewelry illustrating this wiggly creatures.
LOVE: Lapis, Opal, Vermeil and Emerald.
REGARD: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby and Diamond.
Emeralds and rubies are traditionally the emperor and empress of gems. Maybe it is their dynamic colors that influenced our forefathers. That vivid blood red and cool serpent green are difficult to overlook. Even today emeralds and rubies of equal size and quality are more expensive than equivalent diamonds.
Pearls have been valued in all period and all cultures. Historically baroque pearls (big irregularly shaped pearls) were used to make fantastic and great jewelry by embellishing them with gold an gems. Often these took the shape of Neptune or other greek gods, sirens, stunning women and animals. The Canning Gem in the Victoria and Albert museum is a famous and elaborate use of a baroque as the base for a handsome merman.
So the next time you are rooting through your jewel box prior to that special tryst or looking for the best gift for the perfect lover, consider the symbolic love of fashion jewelry and gems.
Other flowers typically found in jewelry are daisies for innocence, roses for the growth and extension of love and bouquets revealing the commingling and compatibility of marriage. When you are considering the perfect present from that next anniversary, rather than the common "anniversary ring" how about a more romantic bouquet pendant?
Black pearls, especially Tahitian black pearls have become preferred in recent years. They are available in a variety of colors from spectacular purples and greens, through pinks to sophisticated browns. All are lovely and the series of colors provides a good deal of flexibility in picking simply the right pearl for your attire and mood. The most stunning black pearl locket I've seen was from Morrison's a small manufacturing jewelry expert in Berkeley. The pearls were arranged in a rainbow strung together so that each color merged the one beside it-- stunning. And naturally what could be more romantic than pearls from Tahiti?
That wonderful fission, that little a chill that you receive from something that is simply, well, more than day to day life.
In Victorian times colored gems were used to spell out love messages. Sometimes this produced fascinating and not necessarily appealing settings; however it is really romantic. A piece of precious jewelry might have these gems in order:.
Fashion jewelry in the shape of flowers might likewise be symbolic. To quote Ophelia "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, keep in mind: and there is pansies. That's for ideas.".
On the other hand pearls ... Pearls feel wonderful versus your skin. They are sensuous and strange. To look deeply into a fine pearl is to check out eternity. There is likewise something interesting about a pearl, knowing that is came not from the cold hard ground, however from an industrious mollusk.
Somehow though diamonds do not seem to have the very same warmth and romance as the other stones. Actually diamonds were not historically valued as extremely was we do today. Much of the romance that has been generated around diamonds is do to de Beers in the early part of the 20th century instituting a fantastic and extremely effective marketing campaign ... so I will leave diamonds for another day.