The Shēngxiào (literally “birth likeness”), also known in English as the Chinese zodiac (in Western Astrology meaning “circle of animals”), is a scheme and systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat. The following are the twelve zodiac signs (each with its associated Earthly Branch) in order and their characteristics. In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself.
If you were born in the Year of the Snake 2013 was significant for you because 2013 was the Year of the Snake. But hold on, because on the 30th the Snake is coming to an end and Year of the Horse will begin the Chinese New Year. From all of us at Bel Air we hope you had an amazing Snake year! Adorn yourself with something signifying the sleek ringlets of the beautiful snake before it slithers away with our Two Row Squared-shaped Emerald and Diamond Bracelet.
As Roman Payne states in his novel; “It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow. What whiteness boasts that sun that comes into this wood! One would say milk-colored maidens are dancing on the petals of orchids. How coldly burns our sun! One would say its rays of light are shards of snow, one imagines the sun lives upon a snow crested peak on this day. One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes. Helplessness has weakened me. Wandering has wearied my legs.” This season let winter awaken your senses with Bel Air Jewelry’s Deep Blue Sapphire Sliced Necklace.
Wedding 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.
In celebration of the growing adoration of emerald and green in today’s fashion world one striking image comes to mind; Cleopatra. In ancient Egypt, color was an integral part of the substance and being of everything in life. Green (wadj) was the color of vegetation and renewal. To do “green things” was slang for beneficial, life-producing behavior. Osiris was often portrayed with green skin and referred to as “the Great Green”. In Chapter 77 of the Book of the Dead, it is said that the deceased will become a falcon “whose wings are of green stone”. The Eye of Horus amulet was commonly made of green stone as well. The pigment was derived from malachite and was often worn around the eyes to symbolize power and life. Who can forget the way it empowered the brazen face of Elizabeth Taylor, with blues and greens so remarkably intense, that for a moment she was like the Egyptian ruler herself. Let your own inner ruler shine by enhancing your natural grace with these powerful emeralds by Bel Air Jewelry.
Set your heart on fire. In the 19th century in Ancient Egypt the phoenix was known as a solar bird. Its flames burned like the sun every time it rose from the ashes of its predecessor. As we turn away from summer and the leaves start to change, a time of transformation in the world around us begins. Fall colors become the beauty of nature and are adorned by the jewelry of entangled lovers and women unafraid of the heat of romance. Let your passion consume you this fall with yellow, orange and deep red sapphires accentuated by a spark of shimmering diamonds from Bel Air Jewelry.