Happy Holidays!

ImageThe holidays can be a special time to re-connect with family, reach out to friends, and enjoy the merriment and good cheer of you neighbors and fellow human beings. This holiday, amongst the Black Friday deals and early Christmas shopping, remember what this time is really about; sharing and giving love and thanks for this beautiful life. From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, we hope that you had a wonderful, fulfilling holiday, with may more to come!

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Holiday Pleasure

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Are you visiting someone special this holiday? Tell us your favorite seasonal memory. Bel Air Jewelry would love to know what you’re thankful for in the comments below.

The Story With The Painting

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Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter’s attention. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings.

On the verge of womanhood, Griet also contends with the growing attentions both from a local butcher and from Vermeer’s patron, the wealthy van Ruijven. And she has to find her way through this new and strange life outside the loving Protestant family she grew up in, now fragmented by accident and death.

As Griet becomes part of her master’s work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and even – as the scandal seeps out – ripples in the world beyond.

Is your love forbidden? Do you dream of being taken into a world of mischief and secret romance? Wear pearl earrings this winter by Bel Air Jewelry, and let the inner beauty of the muse within you shine.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s masterworks. It is now in the collection of the Mauritshuis gallery inThe Hague, but in 2013 has toured the United States with other works while the museum completes building work. After the most recent restoration of the painting in 1994, the subtle color scheme and the intimacy of the girl’s gaze toward the viewer have been greatly enhanced.

Tracy Chevalier wrote a historical novel, also entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), fictionalizing the circumstances of the painting’s creation. In the novel, Johannes Vermeer becomes close with a fictional servant named Griet, whom he hires as an assistant and has sit for him as a painting model while wearing his wife’s pearl earrings. The novel inspired the 2003 film that stars Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) as the girl with the pearl earring. Johansson was nominated for various awards including a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. Do you look at your lover with the same longing this starlet captured in the film? Or is your passion as classic and demure as the pairing itself? Display your elegant beauty with a pair of pearl earrings this winter by Bel Air Jewelry. Remember, beauty may fade like cracks in oil, but a moment in love can last a lifetime.

Winter Scarlet

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Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer. She made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent Sprit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996), garnering further acclaim and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost In Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Johansson is also considered one of Hollywood’s modern female sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, most notably when she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in both 2006 and 2013. Are you also a November baby? Fame or not, the legacy of this month is yours. Show off your love of diamond earrings like Johansson with a pair of dazzling French-cut yellow diamond earrings by Bel Air Jewelry.

November Fame

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, born on November 11, 1974, is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Aviator (2004). If your birthday is also in November your month is shared by these famous celebrities:

Miley Cyrus, Ryan Gosling, Anne Hathaway, Whoopi Goldberg, Mathew McConaughey, Sean combs, Roy Rogers, Rachel McAdams, Danny DeVito, Owen Wilson, Jodi Foster, Meg Ryan, Calvin Klein, Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Curtis, and Ben Stiller… just to name a few. Show off your love for November with a topaz birthstone ring, or a dazzling set of diamond cuffs from Bel Air Jewelry that would look good on any actor; especially DiCaprio.

November Is Born!

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“Who first comes to this world below
With drear November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz’s amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.”

Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. Your birthstone is a part of who you are. Find out about yours, and check the pieces that match your birthday at Bel Air Jewelry.

Your Heart Is Mine!

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From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, we hope you had a haunting Halloween! In honor of this spooky week we thought we’d provide you with a ghost story of the bejeweled kind. In the bustling city of New York, a modern business woman keeps having her heart stolen, not by mortal men; but by a ghost. And by heart, I don’t mean that flesh and blood organ pumping life through your veins, but her heart shaped jewelry. Apparently, even poltergeists have a flare for bling! Read her full story here. Have you had any diamond demons after your jewels? Share your most haunting jewelry mishap in the comments below!