I am so inspired by the fruits and vegetables of summer. The colors and smells are so appealing. It is impossible to walk by a stand and not touch and smell the produce as well as purchase more than you can eat! I also find fields and farm stands very relaxing, I could just sit down and spend a few hours if there weren’t any flies! Last weekend I got some particularly good baby carrots and radishes. I adore radishes, all varieties. My husband makes a really good salad using Lindera Farms vinegar don’t you know!
Sizzling red hot ruby!!! Could there be any better gemstone for a July birthday?
Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is a perfect stone for everyday wear.
On June 20th 2014, lawmakers in Albany passed new legislation that places a permanent ban on the sale of elephant ivory, mammoth ivory and rhino horn. For antique dealers and collectors, the new law enforces strict criteria by which ivory objects can be sold:
1. They must be at least 100 years old antiques and be comprised of less than 20 percent elephant ivory with documented proof of provenance.
2. Musical instruments (string, wind and piano) manufactured prior to 1975.
3. Elephant ivory where transfer of ownership is for education and scientific purposes including to a museum authorized by a special charter from the legislature.
4. Elephant ivory where transfer is to a legal beneficiary of a trust or estate.
Bonhams on New Bond Street in London will be auctioning off a collection of rare and historic cameos and intaglios at their Fine Jewelry Sale on September 17, 2014. Some of the cameos date as far back as the 4th century B.C.
It is being referred to as the “The Ceres Collection” and it is made up of more than 101 engraved cameo and intaglio rings, worth a combined estimated $171,568. The collection is being sold without reserves.