Both fragile, both feminine and both eternally beautiful, roses and pearls are a natural pairing.
In my world Pearls and Roses symbolise love and loyalty. Just ask Oscar Wilde. The other day I was reading The Nightingale and the Rose to my daughter, his heartbreaking children’s story in which a nightingale observes an emotionally distraught college student lament the absence of a red rose among the myriad of plants before him. The red rose, he wails, is needed to win over the hand of his true love.
“Mummy, what if there really were no more roses in the world!” exclaimed my daughter. “What would we do?”
“That’ll never happen,” I replied, but in truth she got me thinking. How would we cope with a world without roses and pearls?
So many perfumes and beauty products are created from this beautiful flower. I decided to dedicate a short post to them and to my favourite pearls.
Cruelty-free, vegan Chantecaille’s superb, concentrated Rose de Mai rose face oil and cream, is one outstanding example. And Chantecaille’s rose water is on the list too. It’s the best, purest rose water I have ever tried.
And I certainly don’t want to contemplate a world without my favourite Mizuki pearls! In the skilled designer hands, these orbs are transformed in highly modern and sculptural ways, perfectly reinvented for the contemporary woman. And of course, nothing flatters the complexion like pearls.
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Tate Modern is rightly celebrating the work of the incredible but often forgotten Dora Maar.
Picasso immortalised her in his 1937 painting Weeping Woman, but Dora Maar was always more than her tears. So here at The Jewelry Icon we are delighted that the Tate Modern has a new exhibition showcasing the work of this talented and progressive artist. In the 1930s, her provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism, and that has been too easily forgotten.
To be with a person as remarkable as Picasso, you probably need to be a big character yourself and there’s no doubt that the gorgeous and strong Maar stood up to him. But after he left her for a younger mistress, heartbroken Maar went into tailspin and lived the rest of her life alone until her death in Paris in 1997. It’s fair to say, as many have, that the decision to dedicate her life and love to Picasso, marked the end of her artistic career. Was it the wrong step?
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HOW I LOVELOVELOVE La Mini D de DIORr SATINE….
The intricate stiches of the Milanese mesh steel bracelet invoke the supple threads of a satin ribbon. And as ever with the artist Eleri Mills you can see how the landscape of her rural Welsh childhood has inspired her work: the threads here recall the summer fields of Powys, where she was born, and import them into a watchmaker’s vernacular. From afar, they look like a painting. Close up, the detailing will take your breath away. The watch’s delicate ornamental stone dials are beautifully embellished with gold bezel and crown. In short, this timepiece is a beautiful marriage of Swiss watchmaking expertise with Dior fine jewelry.
Here I wear the watch with a Chaumet Ring Serp from Terres d’Or collection: an oval-cut yellow sapphire weighing 12.36 carats from Ceylon round yellow sapphires, lacquer, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
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People talk a lot about being happy, seeking happiness, what makes them happy…but if we were to ask you, how would you reply? We presume the question would prompt some silent contemplation, going into the wilds of your mind and deep into your heart, asking yourself a hundred questions in the course of a few minutes. But then, the answer we most often find simplifies things: it focuses in on the few things in life that bring us joy. Often, we can leave the rest behind.
I’ve been asking myself this question lately too, steering away from big, glamorous goals and looking instead at the little things that bring me joy in my daily routine. I’ve found that my beauty routine in particular brings me a lot of simple joy, which I think can be the case for a lot of women. One comforting thing about it is that it makes us feel beautiful!
Here are a few things from my beauty routine that bring me joy.
I discovered this brand quite recently but have fallen in love. They make beautiful makeup products, but I’m also very drawn to their brand philosophy: naturals over synthetics, conservation over all else, and offering beautiful products. I especially love their Rose de Mai face oil. I follow it up with some tinted moisturizer and follow it up with their Cheek Gelee for a friendly, natural look.
For me, eyes are key – and Tom Ford is a master of eye products. He makes a couple of items that are central to my routine. I always start with his eye base, which makes shadow stay longer and brightens the overall eye area. And the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Brown has all of the right colors – they work together perfectly! You know how usually if you buy a set there’s a color or two that you don’t use? Not the case with this quad. It’s perfect!
No beauty list is complete without a mention of Nars. I particularly adore their bronzers – it’s just a great and versatile product – and their blushes have become iconic, but their body oils are sometimes overlooked but also very special.
In the end, being 100% happy is about what you do for yourself. Treat your body with love and respect no matter what.
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