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T for Tiara (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 24, 2017

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A cyclamen tiara by Faberge. In the late 19th Century it was quite fashionable to have tiaras that could also be worn as necklaces.

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House/Maker Henri Sandoz Period Art Nouveau circa 1900. Origin Paris, France. Setting Yellow and green gold, unsigned.

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A belle epoque diamond and pearl aigrette, circa 1900, by Cartier. A tiara that can be hung with either sixteen pear-shaped diamonds and sixteen similarly shaped natural pearls. Though the diamond version does have an extra pear-shaped diamond that hangs down to rest on the forehead. (Don’t you just love having that kind of flexibility in your bling?)

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A unusual belle epoque tiara, 1900, by Boucheron. In some ways a very Art Nouveau design, with large diamond leaves intertwining sinuously with diamond berries.

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Gold, enamel, and mother of pearl. Made by A & J Smith, United Kingdom, circa 1900.

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Gold, enamel, pearls and diamonds. Rene Lalique, France, circa 1900.

 

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The A to Z Blog Challenge Theme Reveal!


by Lillian Csernica on March 21, 2017

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Once again I shall be celebrating the arrival of Spring by participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge. This will be my fourth year, and I look forward to even more fun and meeting new friends.

In past years, my themes have included Travel Adventures, Unusual Items Made of Chocolate, and Bad Sword & Sorcery Movies.

This year I will be bringing you eye candy taken from another one of my secret passions:

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Jewelry, housewares, and a few other surprises, at least one for every letter of the alphabet! I’ll be looking forward to your comments!

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H is for High Heels


by Lillian Csernica on April 9, 2014

 

 

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Earlier in the Challenge I showed you some spiffy clothing made out of chocolate.  What’s a nice outfit without the right pair of shoes?  Take a look at these wonders of the footwear world:

Kevin Wray, owner of Peterbooke Chocolatier near Orlando, Florida, makes beautiful pairs of chocolate Jami Shoos. Named after his wife, Jami, “it’s kind of a play on Jimmy Choo,” Wray told HLN affiliate Central Florida News 13.

 

They say presentation is everything.  That’s certainly true in this chocolate shoe filled with Lindt truffles:

 

Looking for something dainty for that special little lady in your life?  These are a ballerina’s dream:

8 oz. of chocolate ballet shoes filled with foil wrapped chocolate hearts. This detailed slipper is 9″ long and laced with pretty ribbons – perfect for the “ballerina” in your life. http://www.phillipschocolate.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CHBS

 

And now, my personal favorites.  I look at these and Dr. Hook’s “Pina Colada Song” starts playing in my mind:

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C is for Chocolate Cage


by Lillian Csernica on April 3, 2014

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Here is an example of the confectioner’s art suitable for any romantic occasion, especially Valentine’s Day:

Cage-coeur & gingembre The ultimate in chic, the “cage-coeur” box is made with a 70% Guarana chocolate! Inside, find little red passion hearts, composed of a raspberry-ginger ganache and a piece of candied ginger. A natural association, since tastes match perfectly. For connoisseurs. (http://cadran-hotel-gourmand.com)

 

If chocolate alone isn’t enough to sate your desires, consider this amazing display.  Yes, folks, somebody out there in Fashion Land was crazy enough to create this:

Actress Nubia Esteban wears a chocolate outfit inside a chocolate cage at Salon du Chocolat 2010.

If you could make a chocolate cage, who or what would you keep inside it?  White, milk, semisweet, or dark?  Nuts?  No nuts?  Fruit or flowers, perhaps?  Indulge that imagination!

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A is for (Chocolate) Art


by Lillian Csernica on April 1, 2014

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That’s right, it’s Day One of the great April A to Z Challenge!  Today I bring to you the work of Karl Lagerfeld:

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What you see in that image is life-size, made entirely of chocolate.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s the real model, Baptiste Giabiconi:

And the master himself, Karl Lagerfeld:

If you could make a whole room out of pure chocolate and put people in it as well, who would you choose? Which room would it be?

 

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