What the Mister said about engagement rings… Don’t be conned by De Beers

Annex - Harlow, Jean_68

Keeping that in mind I tried to quell my excitement about seeing the work of master artisans: Van Cleef & Arpels, but something happened when those spotlights in the museum hit the jewels and they didn’t just glisten and glitter, they blazed and dazzled and drew me…

Annex-Dietrich-Marlene_01Turns out I am distracted by bright, shiny, objects.

Irene-Dunne-in-diamonds-1935Can you blame me?

And I, like Lorelei Lee, much prefer bracelets to rings, anyhow.

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  1. January 18, 2014

    I’m an odd duck: I don’t particularly care for jewels (costume jewelry is another matter, though). My husband, much to my delight, proposed without giving me an engagement ring. Most people find that weird, but I do not care!

    • January 18, 2014

      My husband didn’t either 😉 — maybe that’s the secret to a long and happy marriage. Hugs to you and the Chef!

      • January 18, 2014

        Perhaps it is! 🙂 Three years later, still no engagement ring. I’d rather have books, anyway.

      • January 18, 2014

        You are a gal after my own heart!

      • January 19, 2014

        Ditto, from here. And, at the time, we were living in a diamond producing country and next door to another!

      • January 19, 2014

        I have a little art deco sparkler on my hand now, but it was for an anniversary 😉 .

      • January 19, 2014

        I did it this way….a diamond pendant came within the first year. Then, somewhere along the line, the diamond from the pendant was put on my grandmother’s wedding ring and made pretty. And, for another anniversary, I got a new diamond for the pendant and diamond earrings. And that’s plenty enough for me 😀 Mmmmmm…but I like diamond bangles/bracelets…..

  2. January 18, 2014

    Haha, I’d be distracted too!
    I do like rings, but only the ones I wear every day. As soon as you leave out a ring, even after wearing just a few hours, it feels like your finger is missing.
    Bracelets rock.

    • January 18, 2014

      No missing fingers! Put that ring back on! xox, V

  3. January 18, 2014

    I agree with you on bracelets! I much prefer a piece of arm candy over a ring.

    • January 18, 2014

      I don’t know what it is, I just like that cuff of sparklers! They send me!

  4. George Kaplan
    January 18, 2014

    When someone proposes to their Beloved, it’s the Love not the rock that matters, no?!
    “Diamonds are forever/sparkling ’round my little finger/unlike men the diamonds linger/men are mere mortals who it’s not worth going to your grave for…” Apparently Shirley Bassey has forthright views on the subject of diamonds and disagrees! I’m a big fan of that Bond theme, it’s softly funky and tres melodramatic. 🙂

    • January 18, 2014

      “No wedding bells for me anymore. I’ve been happily married to my profession for years.” Dame Shirley Bassey

  5. George Kaplan
    January 18, 2014

    Dame Shirl! The very definition of “Diva”? One can’t talk to or laugh with or kiss or cuddle or comfort a profession tho’, it seems rather sad and lonely. But each to their own-ly!

    • January 18, 2014

      I think she gets her love from the audience. It’s got to be quite a rush.

  6. January 18, 2014

    I like bright, shiny things too 😀

    • January 18, 2014

      Say! Some young, bright shiny thing…like YOU…was going to send an email 😉 .

      • January 18, 2014

        ’tis coming! Hard to tell. I think you probably know the end, no?

      • January 18, 2014

        Can’t wait!

        And I never skip ahead to the end. xox, V

    January 20, 2014

    I might be missing the point but I simply admire the photography here: captures the women’s beauty (apart from Jean Harlow, I admit I never quite got the frenzy about her – esp. her dark, hidden little eyes have something threatening and otherworldly) and the fantastic shine and lustre of the jewels.

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