Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pre- Raphaelites

I 've always been fascinated by the Pre - Raphaelite Painters of the 1800's. This painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti called Monna Pomona was done in 1864 and can be seen at the Tate Gallery in London. When I first saw this painting some 20 yrs. ago, I was instantly drawn to the rich colors and the beautiful jewels.

Looking back at the jewelry of the past we can see that there was great Symbolism.
A butterfly represented the soul and transformation, a crowned heart meant love triumphant, and a flaming heart meant passionate love. Gemstones also had meaning, diamonds for constancy, Rubies for passion, and Amethyst for devotion.  Unfortunately much of today's jewelry are just accessories, and the romance is gone. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Year Dawns

Here it is... A new year filled with the promise of new beginnings!  Since Garnet is January's stone I'm leaving you with this picture of my Arabella Garnet Earrings.  Garnet is thought to be good for healing, strength and protection. Who doesn't need a little of that?  I hope you all have a wonderfully Happy New Year!