It is going to be another busy week. Last week I traveled to pick up daughter #3 from school. It was a fast turnaround and it all went like clockwork thanks to an organized daughter and her wonderful boyfriend. BTW, I rented a Jeep Compass and I really like that car. It was a perfect little SUV. This week daughter #1 is graduating and we have family in town. The following week I travel again to pick up daughter #2. This weekend I actually had to grocery shop! My husband and I are busy and have not been home much and our refrigerator kind of looked like a college student’s with very weird things in it. Let’s just say I threw out some containers that I am not sure what the contents were. It has actually been quite liberating not to have a fully stocked fridge.
As the majority of the country heads into cooler temperatures of late fall/early winter, November’s OTHER birthstone, citrine, provides a much needed burst of sunshine. The warm, sunny color of this popular gemstone inspired its name, derived from the French word “citron,” meaning “lemon”. If you missed my post on topaz, the other November birthstone, read about it here.
Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone. Here are two very interesting facts about peridot. Some peridot is quite ancient, it has been found in pallasite meteorites, which are remnants of our solar system’s birth. It is estimated those stones are approximately 4.5 billion years old. In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe. Yep, that is the truth.
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.
James de Givenchy operating under the name of his firm Taffin, is creating the most impressive contemporary jewelry anywhere in the world. Givenchy’s use of gemstones and unexpected materials take his jewelry into the next century. He is quite simply, the master of design. De Givenchy grew up in Beauvais, France, a suburb of Paris where the Parfums Givenchy has its factory. Yes, he is from that family. His Father, Jean Claude Taffin de Givenchy and his uncle, Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, (the famous fashion designer) were both born there. Taffin as you can see, is a family name.
The birthstone for March is one of my favorites (I know that I always say that but this time it is REALLY true). The name aquamarine was derived from an old Latin expression which meant ‘seawater’. I adore the multiple shades of blue-green that it comes in. It is a soft and sultry gemstone that looks good on almost everyone. Aquamarine is the blue-green variety of beryl, emerald is the green variety.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL! Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, it is also for showing your love for everyone you care about and I care about all of you! I sending ALL OF YOU a big valentine, some chocolates and a dozen roses (virtually). Hope you like them, even the chocolates with the cream fillings! Make it a wonderful day, go forth and show your love! xxoo
While you are enjoying the candy and flowers, I’ll take one of these!