I've been under the weather this week.
Instead of moping around and not being productive, I am going to take this 'down time' to revive writing in this space. Hopefully I can keep this a sustained effort.
So, yesterday I had a request from a customer to make a brooch out of our carved blue chalcedony flower (Daffodil? I'm going with daffodil since it is a popular flower/plant for the Chinese, 水仙花.) I remember going to night flower markets during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong as a kid and seeing aisles upon aisles of potted daffodils in water .... kind of like pine trees at Christmas.
Anyhow, back to the main story.
So, playing around with the blue chalcedony daffodil reminded me of how much I really like this stone.
The periwinkle color is unique to this stone. When you think of this stone, you think of two women: Suzanne Belperron and Wallace Simpson the Duchess of Windsor.
Here comes the jewelry & gemstone historian side of me:
Suzanne Belperron was an important French jewelry designer working in the mid-20th century. Her bold style and avant-garde taste led to her of use of unusual materials like the stone du jour - blue chalcedony.
She never signed her pieces stating that "her style is her signature."
What a sassy lady ...
Speaking of sass, one of Belperron's most famous clients was Wallace Simpson the Duchess of Windsor. She was the American divorcée who stole Prince Edward VIII's heart and the reason he abdicated the throne.
Yes, the man gave up being THE KING OF ENGLAND to be with her.
He also lavished this parure of gorgeous blue chalcedony jewels on his sweetheart designed by Belperron and you can see her wearing the necklace and earrings on the right while he lovingly gazes at her. *sigh*
Okay, snap out of it. I know your brains went off to la la land for a sec.
And here are some other pieces Belperron designed in chalcedony that embodies her distinctive bold curvy style. This was unique at the height of her success because her contemporaries were doing angular and geometric shapes in-line with the Art Deco style of the period:
And that is the woman herself.
She also did some significant and gorgeous diamond and sapphire pieces that you should look up if I've piqued your interest in her. But since this post is about blue chalcedony, I've kept the images mostly that.
Ta! 'Til next time.