Friday, June 16, 2006

Red.....

Now I know this is not entirely a red picture...but above are my favourite and most treasured pieces of jewellery I own, and I especially love the red coral apples...

These represent a real family history...the opal and the pink sapphire {that's what I was always told it was..and I still call it that even though I think it may be something else} set stones came from Iran*, from when my Granny and Grandpa lived there {they had lots of jewellery made by an amazing little back street jeweller who made the most phenomenal things - he wouldn't take any money for ages and let them take the pieces away and pay him 'next time'! fabulous}....the coral apples were bought by my Mum in Italy in the 70's and the Jade leaf was bought for my Mum by my Dad when they had their first real holiday away in Tenerife {and I, ahem, followed on 9 months later ;)}!! I love wearing them together, and no jewel could ever mean more to me. I guess that's the thing about jewellery..the sentiment it can have for you...

I was so amazed today to see some of my work on Design Sponge..ahhhhhh! Fame at last..haha! What fun :)

Hope you all had a good week....I guess all in all I had a productive one, although I will be working all weekend too. Hopefully it will be worth it! I am beginning to think of what I want to do post-show, where I want my work to go and in what direction I want to develop the business. More musings will follow on over the coming months I am sure..as I begin to navigate year two of business life!

What a fun week of color that was...! Bonne weekend....hugs, xox

* I have always longed to go to Iran to see where my grandparents lived, and why they loved it so much...I think it looks like such a beautiful country. I am so very sad that because of the increasingly difficult 'political' situation there, that may not be an option for a very long time, and that when it is..I imagine the country will have been reduced to a shadow of it's former self. I don't want to really express my personal views on this too much....but BOY, greed sucks! x

13 comments:

Shari said...

oh my goodness! what fabulous jewelry. i love that there's history behind them all. the best kind of jewelry indeed. the coral apples are my favorite too. so cute.

have a good weekend. i'm sorry that you will be working but it WILL be worth it. it will all be behind you soon and you can sit back and watch everyone ooh and ahh. :D

big hugs! shari

Amanda Woodward said...

what a beautiful story!!!!! I adore the necklace SO much, you never cease to amaze me!!!!!
xo

karin said...

lovely story and amazing necklace - and the other way around too!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous jewellery, and a fascinating history behind it, makes it all the more special.

Karen said...

I love that your parents kept all that stuff. My mum who isn't very sentimental has given or donated most of hers away throughout the years, not realizing that I would one day collect vintage jewelry.

Congratulations on the design sponge mention. Going to check it out now...

Abigail said...

Thanks so much for all your comments....*smile*

Shari..thanks so much, I thought you would like the coral apples too!

Amanda, hey!..you are too sweet :)

Karin,so glad you like them both!

Katherine..I totally agree, provinance is just the most amazing thing..:)

Karen, thats such a shame! my gran is like that..I hate to think what she has thrown out over the years...what a crime!

xox

lisa s said...

oh abigail.... what great jewelry w/ a history to match!

you so deserve the design sponge mention! yay!

and your week of color has been a treat to see.... i have missed you my friend!

btw... i wore your necklace at the countess' wedding... so you were there in spirit!
xoxo

Hols said...

Hey Abigail!
Saw u on design sponge and thought id take a visit as u often do to mine...
well done...
still love ur work...
i promise to visit more often,
Hearts from Holly.
x

Pootlecat said...

Iran is amazing Abigail, you should totally go if you can. I went over a couple of summers ago on and NGO course and had a wonderful time. Thanks for the comment on flickr, btw! I'll try and post a nicer pic of the earrings so people can appreciate them more than my big ear!!

sharon whyte said...

These are so lovely Abigail. Jewelery has such a unique ability to capture sentiments and allow us to hold them in our hands and feel them as solid tangible things.

Have a good week
xxx

risa said...

an amazing story and amazing jewelry! it's amazing to me how the yay you combined the different pieces makes them look so modern and hip! and i totally agree with you about iran...have you read the marjane sartrapi books? she is wonderful.

mati rose said...

so beautiful, and the history! congrats on design sponge & whip-up!
xo
mati

Anabel said...

Beautiful history!And congratulations on the design sponge mention