14 November 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 14: Splendid Jewels, Sumptuous Fabrics

Opulence ahead:

--The Japanese imperial family held their autumn garden party, for which they bring out the kimonos and which subsequently is a delightful feast for the eyes. Those fabrics. [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]

--Fictionally royal: I love this oral history of 1997's Cinderella, starring Brandy Norwood and Whitney Houston, for every possible reason, but most of all for the knowledge that Whoopi Goldberg rejected all costume jewelry and insisted on wearing the real stuff. So she had the filmmakers contact her guy at Harry Winston. SPLENDID. [Shondaland]

--I am very interested in Princess Haya's dress here, speaking of fabulous fabrics.
سعدت اليوم بلقاء سيدة كولومبيا الأولى ماريا كليمنسيا رودريغيز دي سانتوس خلال زيارتها الرسمية لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. تربطنا بكولومبيا علاقات متينة على جميع الأصعدة. نتشارك مع السيدة الأولى أهمية العمل الإنساني ونشيد بدورها في إعادة إعمار موكوا بعد الفيضانات التي ضربتها في شهر أبريل الماضي I was pleased today to meet with First Lady Maria Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos during her official visit to the United Arab Emirates. We enjoy strong bilateral relations with Colombia and share with the First Lady the importance of humanitarian work. We commend her efforts for the reconstruction of Mocoa after the floods that hit the city in April.
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--The hunt for a missing ruby, fascinating: Who stole Burma’s royal ruby? [BBC, h/t Emi]

--Australians, mark this one on your calendar: Cartier is bringing a big exhibit to the National Gallery of Australia from March 30 to July 22, 2018. This will include gems like Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace, Elizabeth Taylor's rubies, Princess Grace's engagement ring, and the Cartier Halo Tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth II. Never miss a chance to see a tiara in the flesh (in the diamonds?), that's my motto. [NGA]
HM Queen Elizabeth II/NGA

--The rest of us can be content to view rare gems via photo, and QEII herself gave us a glimpse of rare brooch from her collection last week: a wee swan! [Jewel Vault]

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