Antique Colombian Gem Emerald and Diamond Necklace
Leaving this gorgeous necklace aside for the moment - the 1.87 carat square emerald-cut emerald in the center has to be seen to be believed! If diamonds came in emerald green colors, this would be it. This gem of gems is richly saturated, crystal clear an
1890's day dress. Parisian origins, The bustle all but dissapeared. The 1890's created a new style of women, The skirts had swing, she could be seen on the street in her fashionable hat and she wore Shirtwaists (A Blouse, which were rarely wore up until this point). Skirts were gored.
A grocery store sign that reads "novelty flower" doesn't typically win me over. I'm usually partial to more natural things. But before the sign caused me to hesitate, I found myself drawn to the summery, 70s vibe of what looks like the chartreuse love child of a dahlia and a daisy. (My hydrangea on the left is a little sparse but distinctly home-grown.) [Ivory chair, carved and painted, India, about 1785, Museum no. 1075-1882. V & A.] A much grander hybrid is the V & A's 18th-century carved…