Get Rid Of Those Tired Eyes!

Get Rid Of Those Tired Eyes!

When it comes to defying winter’s final push with a brilliant look, focus tends to linger on the traces of dark circles with heavy concealer—where, in fact, flesh-toned primers designed specifically for the area are your best bet! Bel Air knows … Continue reading

Tradition is Hot!

Tradition is Hot!

On Friday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that next spring’s exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center is “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.” Bel Air Jewelry takes a look back at three red-carpet … Continue reading

Four More!

ImageTo bring you luck this new year, Bel Air Jewelry has listed four more things (check out our previous post!) you possibly didn’t know about the year ahead, for a total of eight (a lucky number in Chinese numerology).

5) This year, 2014, is the first year of the wooden horse in 60 years. According to superstition, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, the god of age, and will experience bad luck for the whole year. To avoid this you should wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. In general, the lucky colours of team horse are green, red and purple; the lucky numbers are three, four and nine, and the lucky flowers are giant taro and jasmine.

6) Raymond Lo, a feng shui and destiny consultant, says the year of the horse is a year in which people are likely to stand firm on their principles, making negotiation difficult. For example, 2002 (the last year of the horse) was the year of Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy’s legendary World Cup bustup, and 1990 was the year of the poll tax riots.

7) If you were born in the year of the horse, you’re in good company. Fellow members of the horse club include Genghis Khan, Mongol ruler; Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the US; Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century scientist; Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; the American singer Aretha Franklin; and the model Cindy Crawford.

8) Years of the wooden horse are associated with warfare. The battle of Dien Bien Phu, which ended with the defeat of France by the Vietnamese, happened in 1954 and 1894 saw the start of the first Sino-Japanese war. “With such serious conflicts on historical record in the previous two yang wood horse years, I cannot rule out the possibility of war and fierce battle in 2014,” predicts Lo.

If it’s love, fame, passion, or triumph, from all of us at Bel Air, we wish a bejeweled year!

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Year Of The Horse!

ImageAs the Chinese say goodbye to the year of the snake, we look at four things you really should know about the year of the horse

The 15-day celebration of Chinese new year started last Friday, with the first new moon of the calendar year. The day marks the end of the year of the snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse. To bring you luck this new year, Bel Air Jewelry has listed four things you possibly didn’t know about the year ahead.

1) The Chinese zodiac – or Shēngxiào – is a calendar system originating in the Han dynasty (206-220BC), which names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order. According to the system, the universe is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and metal – which interact with the 12 animals, resulting in the specific character of the year ahead.

2) People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty. Those born in the year of the horse enjoy being in a crowd. 

3) If you were born in the year of the horse, you should be looking for potential partners who were born in the years of the tiger, goat or dog. Avoid those born in the year of the rat, ox, rabbit or horse. You won’t like them.

4) If none of this rings true, don’t worry. The animal signs of each year merely indicate how others see you or how you choose to present yourself. There are also animal signs for each month, known as inner animals, signs for each day, called true animals, and animals for each hour, or secret animals.

Our next blog will have four more insights into the new year, keep reading so you can ride this pony all the way to the bank!