High WASPs have always been a bit afeared of semi-precious stones. Amethysts were OK, set in faded 10K gold. And nice, big aquamarines, emerald-cut of course, have decorated our fingers and ears from time to time.
Fortunately, there are times when sheer visual harmony trumps cultural biases. As well it might, or art would lose its power to save us all. Nothing so grand as soul-saving here, however. I just need some pink-stoned earrings, to go with Hello Kitty ’round the neck. Yes, the necklace above belongs to me. (And we could talk about the semiotics of Hello Kitty in the office, but today, it’s Thursday, we’re coasting, we won’t. Thank you for your forbearance.)
I’m usually quite fond of the rough-hewn, oh this old thing, I-just-pulled-it-out-of-a-rock look. I’m not sure these work with Kitty’s faceted bow, however, except the round pair on the upper left, which just might pick up Kitty’s circular silhouette well-enough to slip in.
Were the occasion full-time frivolity, I’d look for a pair of dangles. But colored dangles plus Ms. Kitty crosses that pesky line of Appropriate In The Office. Even if it’s an imaginary line only I can see. Or one we might think had been crossed by the necklace alone.
Since we’re talking work, I wanted to wear more structured stones, without giving up the concept of Matching. My culture likes things to match. I don’t know why.
The earrings on the left, from Beladora, really appealed, but it seems they appealed to their owner too, and were to be retrieved momentarily. Nice catch on her part.
You will notice that some of these stones are pink sapphires. Even the idea of a non-blue sapphire raises my mythical aunt’s mythical eyebrows. More unnervingly, some stones above are Tourmalines. Heaven forfend.
As a little girl I pored over my father’s large old volumes of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, fascinated most of all by the page on Gems. One wonders about their putative magical powers. Not to over-endow pink stones with meaning, per se, but old dogs, new tricks, all good. Mitigated by sparkles on occasion.