Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Historical Jewels Reinvented by Louis Vuitton

Recently I came across an article in Marie Claire’s February 2014 issue called “Royal Crush”. The article brought new jewelry news about Louis Vuitton's new inspiration from centuries old royal jewelry. I was elated when I saw that they are modeling their new line titled “Chain attraction” after famous jewels worn by royal heavy hitters like Mary Tudor and Catherine the Great. 

Jewelry News Royal Crush
Throughout history, chains and medallions have been symbols of power reserved aristocratic men. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha had his Golden Fleece, and France’s King Louis XVIII wore an ornamental garter belt, or jarretière. Over time, regal women like Catherine the Great and Mary Tudor and, later, society blue bloods, rock stars, and downtown It girls took on the decadent style. It’s this interpretation that inspired Louis Vuitton’s Chain Attraction, a collection accented with precious gems like neon-blue tourmalines from Brazil, Welo opals from Ethiopia, and Mandarin garnets from Burma. “Through Drawing from the past, the pieces represent a modern and effortless way to wear fine jewelry”, says Lorenz Bäumer, the label’s artistic director of high jewelry. That’s one way to rock and rule.-Jessica Minkoff

Check out the beautiful collection from Luis Vuitton they truly are beautiful. Fit for a modern day Queen!
A sketch of another high jewellery necklace in Louis Vuitton's Chain Attraction collection, with the greenish-blue tourmaline, morganites, emeralds and diamonds that will be used in the design.

Louis Vuitton white gold necklace, set with a 20.42ct greenish-blue tourmaline and a star-cut diamond alongside morganites, emeralds and diamonds, from the Chain Attraction collection.

A 20.01ct mandarin garnet and garnet beads sit alongside the sketch for a high jewellery necklace in Louis Vuitton's Chain Attraction collection. 

Louis Vuitton white gold necklace with a 20.01ct Mandarin garnet and star-cut diamond, alongside opals, mandarin garnet beads and diamonds, from the new Chain Attraction collection.

Louis Vuitton white gold necklace set with a 21.07ct imperial topaz, moonstones and diamonds from the Chain Attraction collection.

Louis Vuitton white gold necklace from the Chain Attraction collection, set with a star-cut diamond, emeralds, onyx, diamonds and Tahiti pearls, which have been arranged to recreate the classic Louis Vuitton flower motif.

Louis Vuitton white gold ring, set with a mandarin garnet, opals and diamonds, from the new Chain Attraction collection.

For more on the Louis Vuitton collection,

Monday, April 07, 2014

Mailbox Monday: More Elizabeth Loupas

The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas
"With her dying breath, Mary of Guise entrusts a silver casket containing explosive secret papers to the young Scottish heiress, Rinette Leslie. She makes Rinette promise to keep the casket hidden and only to give it to Mary, Queen of Scots, now on her way home from France to ascend the throne.

But Rinette makes a terrible mistake - she cannot resist showing it to her beloved young husband, before consigning the casket to its hiding place. This fatal decision will lead them into a maze of conspiracy and murder, in which they - and the beautiful castle by the sea, which is Rinette's inheritance - become the targets of ruthless men who seek to possess the casket at all costs.

Unable to tell friend from foe at court, and desperate to protect the queen's secrets, Rinette has one powerful weapon which may save her - the ancient art of floramancy, through which she can interpret the language of flowers and sometimes predict the future. But if the flowers should stay silent, who can she trust then?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

E-Book Sale THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure

Featured Daily Deal on Sourcebooks, "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure will be $2.99 on THURSDAY AKA TODAY 4~2~2014 ONLY! I highly recommend this novel and if you would like to check out my 5 star review of it please do so. If you do not get this on Thursday it will be $25.99 for he e-book and it is currently only available in hardback for 25.99. Later this year in July the paperback will be released.

"A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war."Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Outliers

“If you enjoy fast paced, graphic, and fascinating historical fiction, I recommend you read THE PARIS ARCHITECT.”Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl

"Lucien Bernard didn’t expect to join the French Resistance. It starts out as a game—an architectural puzzle. When a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, Lucien can’t resist the challenge.

He begins a secret life, designing expertly concealed spaces invisible to the untrained eye—all while working with the Germans on the other side.

Set during the roundups and deportations of 1942, The Paris Architect is a powerfully human novel of survival, self-knowledge, and the challenge of sacrifice in the midst of uncertainty and fear.

Charles Belfoure is a former lecturer at Goucher College whose writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times. An architect specializing in historical preservation, he is the author of several award-winning works of nonfiction. This is his first novel. He lives in Maryland".
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