Many years ago I tried to learn the art of making jewelry from the father of a high school friend. I even designed an owl that was made in yellow gold and a large emerald. Out of the blue, I found myself wondering who bought that. I know it was sent to Switzerland, but that is about it. Perhaps that is the reason why Switzerland comes to mind when I think about high-end jewelry, but the world has many fabulous places and people that take this art very serious.
I have a very dear friend, Carol Roder, that got into the jewelry business a couple of years ago (Seagypsycollection). She is very boho-chic, so her pieces reflect that. Jewelry as well as clothing, are forms of expression, they need to present and represent us. Any type of jewelry goes way beyond investment or trend, it can express social status, affection, and even religion.
Jewelry is part of our civilization since pre-historic times. Archaeologists have found quite "sophisticated" pieces all over the world. People have been adorning themselves with shells, stones, bones, teeth and all sort of materials available way before metal work was developed. I believe that the reason for this lays on the fact that we search for beauty, individuality and self-expression, so as a result, we embellish - to be attractive, to be unique and to express who we are.
Jewelry, as we know today, have a lot of Egyptian influence. They master the art thousand of years ago, and despite our technological advances, we still get amazed and inspired by ancient jewelry.
Nowadays one of the dream destinations for many jewelry aficionados is India. Over there jewelry is lifestyle and religion. China, is another place to be consider. Their incredible history and excellent craftsmanship brought them worldwide fame in the jewelry field.
From the 130.000 years old white tailed-eagle talons found in Croatia, to my friend Bali inspired jewelry there is a long way. We may never know for sure why even our pre-historic ancestors wore jewelry. But we know that it makes us few beautiful, and it has been part of us for a very, very long time.
All Jewelry Photos are cortesy of SeaGypsyCollection
Have you ever woke up, looked around and got tired of what you see? A while ago I got tired of my bedroom and its disorganization. I was facing excessive clutter, and this is something that interferes with everything. When our surroundings are messy, we lose our peace of mind, and mine was gone (Lol)
So, I decide to change things, starting by reorganizing my closet, getting rid of what was no longer in use and solving my storage issue. Naturally, it is easier said than done, because most of us don't have a "black" credit card for unlimited spending (I certainly do not), but even with a tight budget improvement is possible when we use creativity and research..
So, today I want to show you the results of my endeavor. I hope you like it :-)
With everything in its place, my next step will be to dump the dreadful carpet. It will be cool, don't you think?
Last year I had the incredible opportunity of spending some days in Fiji. That is a beautiful place with wonderful people, and even though no one says it, most Fijians are African descendants! So, African people got to Fiji (and Australia as it seems Aborigines are African descents too) way before the European. And the books don't say that! I believe, it is about the time that we learn that history does not need to diminish or ignore others ( women, black people, Asians) achievement to feel great and superior, don't you think?
Fiji also has a significant Indo population and Chinese - adding different cultures and awesome food to the place.
For me, it was a fabulous and empowering surprise to see that Africans got to this paradise long ago! And on top of it, I was "almost" able to completely blend in - Fijians said that I looked like Fijian, they only knew I wasn't because of my clothing, the Brazilian in me believes in color, short skirts, small bikinis and cleavage.
I went to Fiji by myself, and I couldn't feel safer. They have gun control and most of all, they are a peaceful community. Everybody is very welcoming and helpful. If you ask for directions, they right away offer to accompany and guide you to your destination.
Bula is the word that we use to say hi in Fiji. And everybody says hi to everybody. Bula!! I never asked the meaning but I read it means life and a blessing of health and happiness. Could not be better.
So if you dream about going to South Pacific, Fiji is a paradise! And you will have more than 300 islands to explore! I only had time to go to Viti Levu, so I landed in Nadi. I stayed in Pacific Harbour and had the chance to visit Suva and its museum. I guess there is not need to say that Fiji will be in my heart forever!!