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!

Wearable Art!

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Today we wanted to feature the designer Claire Prebble. She has created costumes for the Navi charactors in Avatar and her work has been sought after for a shoot with Kate Moss and requested for a Vogue Italia shoot. Her work is described as full body jewelry that is woven from sterling silver. Like Bel Air Jewelry, she has an eye for design and fashion. Her creations are fantastical and creative. We wanted to inspire our clients to be creative with the jewelry they select. Diamonds may be forever, but don’t be afraid to try a brilliant blue, or flaming yellow sapphire! Reach for the stars, and you just might hit the moon!

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.

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.

Crimson Dreams

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Vampires are folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and go back to “prehistoric times”, the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, with the success of vampire literature, namely John Polidori’s 1819 novella The Vampyre that established the archetype of charismatic and sophisticated vampires. Also Bram Stroker’s 1897 Dracula is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel which provided the basis of modern vampire fiction. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular today with books, films, video games, and television shows. It’s pulled itself from the realms of nightmares into the modern world, classified as “the sexy immortals.” Bel Air Jewelry hints at these modern vampiric themes with their blood red ruby collections and this sassy video (click the photo above).

Sharp Kisses

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Kristin Bauer van Straten was born and raised in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin with her parents – an avid horseman and gun collector, and a housewife involved in charities. In childhood she played sports, and like her father, rode horses and shot guns. In her youth she studied fine arts in Boston and New York, but decided to become an actress and moved to LA, where she has been living the life of stardom since she began acting in 1994. Known most often as the fiery vixen that plays the role of Pam on True Blood, her “larger than life” attitude has worked its way into the hearts of the viewers. This sassy vampire is one of the most luxurious well-dressed characters on the show. When she mocks her own bloodlust by dressing in iconic rubies and vivacious red outfits it asks the question; is there any day that a ruby doesn’t look good on a woman’s neck? Check out these decadent pieces by Bel Air Jewerly and let your imagination run wild with the idea of countless sharp kisses.

If Jewels Could Fly

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Victoria Bechkam is just one of many celebrities showcasing the popular iconic symbol of the butterfly. But this beautiful bug was heavily steeped in symbology long before celebrities had them incrusted with diamonds. The ancient Greek word for butterfly primarily means “soul” or “mind”.According to Mircea Eliade’s Encyclopedia of Religion, some of the Nagas of Manipur trace their ancestry from a butterfly. In Japan the butterfly is the personification of a person’s soul. One Japanese superstition says that if a butterfly enters your guestroom and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you most love is coming to see you. In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love. Also, Butterfly Lovers is a famous Chinese folktale. Whether it be the soul, or an omen of love, don’t let the summer pass without adorning yourself with the symmetry of this beautiful winged guardian by Bel Air Jewelry.

You’re The Star

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What is a star? Science refers to the incandescent ball of light as a fixed luminous point in the night sky that shines at a distance from our world like the sun. For at least a portion of its life, a star shines due to thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in its core. It releases energy that traverses the star’s interior and then radiates deep into outer space. For some stars, the end of their life is marked by a beautiful supernova that explodes out into the galaxy. Truly, the journey of a star is something special… and so are you. Scientifically speaking, you’re made of specks of ancient star dust. Remember your own majesty and let the heat of your passions burst like a powerful supernova! Let your inner light shine like the unstoppable power of the sun. Are you drawn to the gravitation of your sweetheart like two powerful star-crossed lovers forming a brilliant star cluster of galaxy? Whatever fuels your core, let this sapphire diamond ring from Bel Air Jewelry inspire luminescence wherever your journey leads.