Did you know that March 13th is known as Jewel Day? How great is that? As if I needed another excuse to drool over jewelry!
According to the Oxford Dictionary, "Jewel" is defined as: "A precious stone, typically a single crystal or piece of a hard lustrous or translucent mineral cut into shape with flat facets or smoothed and polished for use as an ornament."
Do you have a favourite jewel? Is it part of your collection? I have to admit that I don't have a favourite. I do, however, love opals because my mom loves opals. I remember having a discussion about them with her when I was a young girl. She told me about where they came from and how soft they were and how I had to be careful with them. We even talked a bit about their settings (she had a couple of opal rings at the time), and how a high setting might make it easier to damage them, especially if they banged against a hard object like a filing cabinet. I also love them because of their colouring and the way they change with the light. Years later I discovered that the word is derived from Sanskrit's Upala, meaning "special stone", and later a Greek derivative Opallios, meaning "to see a change of colour." I suspect that one day I'll make a collection focusing on opals. Ah, the power of suggestion when we're young....
Do you have a memory of when you really connected with jewels in a big way? In grade seven geography we studied minerals and gemstones. I was smitten...so much so that I would volunteer to catalogue them at our local museum. I guess that is when I really became hooked on them. Yet the love remained dormant for many years after that, being rekindled only when I taught a night school course on how to make beaded jewelry. That was many moons ago now, but it was a fun class and some of the people in it made some amazing jewelry!
Tell me how it is you relate to jewelry. Feel free to tell me what some of your fondest memories are in the comments below!
Have a great day!