In the pursuit of an elegant life I often turn to elegant periods in history. Recently I found a lovely set of French Antique silverware from the Belle Époque (circa 1870s). Each piece of silverware has a French coat of arms emblazoned upon it, and each has the makers marks of The French Minerve or Minerva on all, 1st titre designating .950 silver content (higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Silversmith marks for Maison Cardeilhac (Emile Cardeilhac,
c. 1851-1904). I just can't wait for my next dinner party when these charming antiques will be used by me and my guests and may even invoke that period known as the Belle Époque. Paris
Modern Spanish manufacturing have fallen victim to globalization, cheap Chinese labor, and a strong Euro, yet quality and a refined style can not be made for cheap in
My obsession with history and antiques has led me to a recent auction of royal memorabilia in which I purchased this lovely pair of Art Deco cuff-links (circa 1930). These cuff-links are 18K yellow gold with emerald green, white, and gold enamel, which feature the initials "A W" under a coronet. They once were the property of Alastair Author Windsor, 2nd Duke of Connaught, and Strathearn (August 9th, 1914 - April 26, 1943). He was one of the great grandchildren of Queen
"I don't regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does to the full. There was no pleasure I did not experience. I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb."
~ Written by convict C/3/3 at Reading Gaol, better known as Oscar Wilde.