“The French are glad to die for love, they delight in fighting duels but I prefer a man who lives and gives expensive jewels.” I find it difficult to resist the allure of rubies with their rich red hue, nor sapphires who speak a thousand words for me, then there’s the elegance of emeralds of course and well… the mere mention of diamonds may cause this girl’s heart to skip a beat. And I know I’m not alone for what is it about jewels that delight us ladies from such an early age and never let us go?
Elizabeth Taylor summed up at least part of my feelings for precious stones when she said “I’ve never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.” Yes, it’s not about the stones at all really despite the beauty of their sparkle and their shape, as Ms Taylor pointed out, it’s about what they become when grouped together, a sometimes magical mix, an object d’art that for once, can leave a woman speechless. And Elizabeth Taylor had good reason to consider herself a custodian of beauty as her collection was perhaps only surpassed by that of the other Elizabeth, her Majesty the Queen that is and contained such delicacies as the heart-shaped yellow diamond which was originally a gift given in 1621 by Shah Jahangir to his favourite wife, Mumtz Mahal, for whom he built the Taj Mahal.
It won’t come as a surprise to hear that other Hollywood goddesses have also harboured a weakness for jewellery. Marlene Dietrich loved Emeralds and often wore her own Jewellery in her films, most noticeably in Desire from 1936. Joan Crawford was so notoriously keen on sapphires that the press called them “Joan Blue” after her. One of her favourite pieces was a bracelet set with three star sapphires of 60 carats each. Star sapphires are half-dome-cut sapphires with a star-like effect that seems to glide across the surface of the stone, the way the sliver does in a cat’s eye. She was also the owner of a 70-carat star sapphire engagement ring, and a 72-carat emerald-cut sapphire, which she often wore together on the same finger!
For me, nothing could be more mesmerising than to know that the stones draped around my neck, those wrapped around my wrist or placed upon my finger, had belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich or Joan Crawford and it’s not just because of their historic importance or intrinsic value, as vintage pieces have always been my preference over modern designs which leave me feeling cold. That is until recently when I discovered Eleuterio Jewels who’s designs embody a vintage elegance.
It was the ‘Jazz Age’ the time of the Great Gatsby when Eleutério Antunes exhibited his first pieces. His inspiration was not only the ‘Roaring 20s’ world around him but also the 18th Century and this is still very apparent in the designs created by Susana Martins for Eleuterio Jewels today. I’m absolutely in love with a pair of delicately hand engraved white-gold earrings from their Art Deco collection, which are destined to become tomorrow’s vintage pieces. The passion that Eleuterio Jewels have for their craft is truly apparent and I’d like to share with you just a small sample of their creations because a girl can’t get by without a little sparkle in her life.
My Absolute favourite and definitely on the top of my Wishlist, hand engraved earrings in white gold from the Eleuterio Jewels Art Deco collection.
Eleuterio Couture Collection:
From 1st to 4th of September 2013, Eleuterio Jewels will be at International Jewellery London showcasing at stand H139 so don’t miss your chance to see the spectacular jewellery up close!