Spooky Sophistication

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This little gem by Bel Air jewelry reminded me of the black tie dress code for evening events and social functions derived from British and American costume conventions of the 19th century. Worn only for events after 6 p.m., black tie is less formal than white tie but more formal than informal formal than recent intermediate codes of “creative,” “alternate” or “optional” black tie.

Women’s dress for black tie occasions has varied greatly through the years; traditionally it was dinner (ankle) or tea (below mid-calf) length sleeveless evening gown. Today, cocktail (knee) length garments and jewelry are considered equally appropriate in most places. To me, however, a black tie event is very similar to Halloween. Everyone dresses up and wears masks of a different sort, but it’s all in the same spirit of play and glam. This Halloween, weather it be a Cinderella like ball, or a spooky haunted hay ride, wear your own black tie.

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Look Within

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Deep into the dark blue of this sliced sapphire by Bel Air Jewelry lies not only beauty, but mystery. Looking into its murky depths is like being lost in space, similar to Sandra Bullock in Gravity; a mighty heroine who against all odds defies fate and returns home. It’s like the bottomless ocean, where giant squids sleep and anger fish light up the darkness like devilish stars seducing prey towards the light. Is your affection as deep and rich as this raw cut sapphire? Hint at your own mystery when you’re out on the town, who knows, maybe it will lure someone that can open up your galaxy and reach far beyond the unexplored vastness of your eternal love.

A Pearl By Any Other Name

A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusc. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.

The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor, and often, artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls. If you’re looking for high quality pearls to sweep your loved one away into a tropical paradise, consider Bel Air Jewelry’s South Sea Pearl.

Modern and Natural

When I think of an ocean breeze, a green forest, standing alone in the desert, or dancing in the rain; I don’t see flashy jewelry. I see me and the earth, I see raw looking stones and bare feet. I see elegance and beauty in simplicity. This new line by Bel Air Jewelry captures that essence. The women wearing it may be beautiful, but the stones themselves capture a raw organic kind of beauty in their shape and raw cuts.

Make Time Stand Still

Bronnie Ware is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – released worldwide, with translations in 27 languages. She interviews patients on their death beds. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying. Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

When you love, do it deeply. Don’t be afraid to ask the question, “will you marry me.” Our time on this earth is precious. Spend it with the ones your soul yearns for. As another honest quote once said, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride!”

Go Back In Time

R0014-2Wedding rings today are a sentiment of love, but no one can really say for sure when this age old tradition actually started. Some believe that the oldest recorded exchange of wedding rings comes from ancient Egypt, about 4800 years ago when sedges, rushes and reeds, growing alongside the well-known papyrus were twisted and braided into rings. But the circle was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end, not only to the Egyptians, but many other ancient cultures. The hole in the center of the ring also had significance. It wasn’t just considered a space, but rather a gateway, or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a woman a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love. Let your engagement ring from Bel Air Jewelry be a powerful symbol of all the joy and happiness to come. When you look into the infinity of your fiancé’s eyes, pick a ring that says forever with same furfur as the passion in your lover’s heart.

I Want All Of You

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Eternity is endless time. In philosophy and mathematics, an infinite duration is also called everlasting. Aristotle would say that the natural cosmos, the past and future, have an eternal duration and like the eternal Platonic Forms; it is timeless. Eternity is often symbolized by the image of a snake swallowing its own tail, known as the Ouroboros. The circle is also commonly used as a symbol for eternity, as is the mathematical symbol of infinity. Despite math, the cosmos and a giant snake, all explanation and reason is lost in the looping arms of your lover. When you say forever, there’s no better symbol than a ring that shows your deepest passions and defiance against the stars. This season don’t hold back; be brave enough to say forever with Bel Air Jewelry.