A True Classic Never Dies!


It is an inarguable fact that today’s society has happily thrown its former opinions and values to the wind in favor of a more flamboyant lifestyle. This can be seen by the popular manner of clothing, hairstyle, music, activities and, perhaps most noticeably, its popular jewelry. Once kept small and sedate jewelry is now making its own debut in the more popular at Eastern and tribal styles found in Africa and Asia.

There are, however, some classics which remain untouched. The purity and beauty of plain silver jewelry has not lost its appeal in the current craze for the unusual; in fact, with the return to several of the classic styles of dress and mannerisms plain silver jewelry is more popular than ever before.

The trend in plain silver pendants dates back to the dark ages, when men and women wore silver crosses in an attempt to protect themselves from those things that went bump in the night. While the effectiveness of these dubious charms and pendants was never proven, they remain an integral part of the foundation of jewelry design for the rest of history. There are very few individuals today who can say that they have never owned or worn a simple cross necklace at some point in their youth. From the necklace of the cross spraying various other, more complex designs; however, the principle of simplicity and purity remain the same.

Plain silver pendants got their next big boost with the advent of the charm bracelet. A charm bracelet is a bracelet made of many links put together upon which small charms can be hung. These charms range from the classic cross (take note of how the Christian religion continues to influence people’s mannerisms and style of dress throughout history) to be more flamboyant red high-heeled shoes and four leaf clovers. These were incredibly popular in the late 20th century, and remained a popular fashion item among children and young teenagers today. Most of these charms are alike in that they are not incredibly complex; however, it is their simplicity that in many ways makes them more appealing. Charm bracelets bring to mind hot summer nights and childish wishes upon a star.

The latest trends in silver jewelry are the Italian charm bracelets. Introduced to Americans by the Italian nation in the 21st century, these innovative versions of an old classic have set the fashion industry on its ear. Italian charm bracelets consist of links which link together overtop of a core frame; however, unlike the traditional charm bracelet there is nothing dangling off these bracelets. They present a clean, smooth line that serves to greatly reduce the risk of the charms being broken or damaged due to normal wear and tear.

Regardless of what the fashion industry considers to be hot and in vogue today, plain silver pendants will never go out of style. These can be found at any local jewelry store or designed by any clever designer

One Fabulous Pheasant: The Haute Couture Peacock Plume


There are many beautiful animals in this world; the spots on the cheetah have inspired designers for decades, and the perfectly symmetrical patterns on a butterfly are breathtaking, but can any of them truly compare to the delightfully gaudy display of a proud peacock?  With feathers reaching up to four feet long, and adorned with the iridescent shimmer of greens, purples, blues, and reds there is no other animal that can compete with the regal beauty of peacocks.  In fact, the very word “ostentatious’ comes from the term “ostentatious’ which refers to a group (or flock) of peacocks.

 

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There are many beautiful animals in this world; the spots on the cheetah have inspired designers for decades, and the perfectly symmetrical patterns on a butterfly are breathtaking, but can any of them truly compare to the delightfully gaudy display of a proud peacock?  With feathers reaching up to four feet long, and adorned with the iridescent shimmer of greens, purples, blues, and reds there is no other animal that can compete with the regal beauty of peacocks.  In fact, the very word “ostentations” comes from the term “ostentation”‘ which refers to a group (or flock) of peacocks.

One of the few species of animal where the male is the more beautiful of the sexes, the word ‘Peacock’ actually only refers to the males, whereas the females are called ‘Peahens’, and they together are called ‘Peafowl’.  The males use their display of tail feathers, also called coverts, in mating rituals and courtship displays to attract a mate.  The female peacocks choose their mates depending on the size, color, and quality of the peacock’s feathers.  These gorgeous feathers can take up over half of the male peafowl’s, or peacock’s total body length, whereas the female peahens have short, plainly colored tail feathers.

Peacocks have long been the fashion-forward pheasants, the couture birds, the absolutely fabulous fowl of the animal kingdom, and their feathers have long been just as trend-setting influential in the human kingdom as well.  Peacocks have been a symbol of wealth, beauty and rebirth since ancient times, and their images could be found in early Christian tomb art, and were a favorite motif in Rome as early as the third century.  In the Middle and Far East, pictures of these plumes, as well as the actual feathers themselves, were used to adorn everything from clothing to house goods.

In the late 1800’s, images of peacocks, and the beautiful patterns of their plumes started being used in visual art in the Western world as well.  As the gilded and intricately detailed designs from Islamic and Middle Eastern art began to gain popularity in the west, designers like William Morris began to incorporate the ostentatious beauty of the peacock plumes in their interior designs.  Around this time, an English group of artists called the Aesthetics were producing gorgeous pieces of art using influences from other cultures, specifically Japanese and Islamic designs.

More recently, in the 1970’s natural objects were beginning to be used more prevalently in fashion, and peacock feathers were used on headbands, jewelry, and handbags.  As the “Boho Chic” look has recently made a strong resurgence, so has the use of peacock feathers in everything from earrings, hair pieces, jewelry, belts, and handbags.  The peacock print whether left in its natural state, or superimposed into mod looking patterns, makes beautiful pieces of clothing and can be seen on catwalks from New York to Milan, from every major fashion house.

 

 

Author: Love Nyla