Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Perks of being a Watermelon
French Connection for Sears Faux Leather Jacket
George Cashmere Sweater (thrifted)
Canyon River Blues Sears Jeans
American Eagle Outfitters Leather Belt
Seychelles Amperstand Heels
Michael Kors Leather Handbag (thrifted)
Fred Meyer Floral Scarf
Cameo in Silver, Aquamarine Beaded Necklace
Well, there are no perks to being a watermelon. I suppose that's a misleading title since watermelons just get eaten or carved or smashed in prop comedy. Super glamorous life it is not.
It was freakishly bright out today so there's quite a bit of squinting going on but I do just love the colors of this outfit. I've been so good about not wearing any of my suede heels outside this winter but I really couldn't resist breaking out these beauties. (And I'm getting sort of sick of just wearing my boots and flats, the toes are starting to feel claustrophobic.)
I really enjoy fine jewelry because of the artistic work and talent it takes and the various methods of creating beautiful, wearable works of art. Cameos are my favorite type of jewelry, it takes an immense amount of skill and patience to carve a cameo out of a shell (currently the most popular material for cameos) and the artistic beauty of some of them is just astounding. Although cameos are known for being popular during the Roman Empire, some of the oldest existing cameos date back to to ancient Greece. Cameos had a huge revival during Victorian times and while they've rarely carved out of stones such as onyx and agates now, shell cameos are just as beautiful. You can find plastic cameos today as well but those are usually mass produced and the imaged themselves are shoddy and quality is questionable, if you're looking for a cameo to add to your collection, estate sales and antique stores are the best place to look. (Sears actually sold some decent ones in their jewelry department a few years ago at really reasonable prices, so it's worth checking out your local jewelry store.)
I feel in love with cameos thanks to my Grandmother, she has a collection of just stunning cameos that my Grandpa gave to her and I was always fascinated by the "pretty pictures of women" carved into stone as a kid. I've been lucky enough to find a few cameos that I really love over the years and they're some of my most treasured pieces of jewelry.