Friday, May 28, 2010
Let's just call the associate "Kim" to protect those who are innocent.
While indulging in said facial, "Kim" told me a very funny story. She spoke of her manager who was in her mid 40's, and although obviously pampered the skin on her face and body, began to show signs of aging. The manager had gone to a sales meeting and was asked if she just arrived at work. With a questioning face, she said that she had been at work for hours. "Oh," the man said, "It looks like you just woke up."
Said manager went into the restroom to look in the mirror, and to her chagrin there were still pillow marks on her face!
Ah, the joys of vanishing collagen. Well, "Kim" and I just laughed and laughed at this incredible story.
Karma has entered my world, folks. Beware of what you laugh at today, for tomorrow you may carry around your pillowcase wrinkles all day!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Our "Rose Garden" hatinator has been wildly successful, with very large silk, organdy and velvet petals accented by feather wisps floating upon feathered layers of illusion creating a hat effect.
"Eileen" is more demure with a smaller version of the flower in "Rose Garden," yet still dramatic in its own right.
"Dorothy" combines many elements for a fresh take on a floral piece, with French illusion wisps, jeweled centered flowers, and beaded swirl accents.
Whatever your style, there is sure to be a flower accent for you!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Pearls are measured in diameter in units of millimeters. Freshwater pearls usually measure between 4.0 mm - 10.0 mm, as seen on the left. All else equal (luster, surface quality, shape, etc.), large pearls do command a much higher value than small pearls. The large pearl as seen on the bottom took 6 years to create. Good roundness is contingent on the mollusk itself repeatedly making consistent and uniform coatings over the same pearl for however long the farmer nucleates. It's a great risk to let the nucleation continue for so many years, as one bad storm could destroy an entire crop in a matter of hours. For the pearl farmer, there is also considerable financial investment involved in waiting longer to harvest the pearls and take them to market.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Chinese historical records dating from 2300 B.C. tell of pearls being given to royalty, although record of the initial discovery is quite unknown. Pearls have been prized throughout both Western and Eastern history as gems of rarity, value and beauty, reserved for high royalty and nobility.
Image Courtesy: American Museum of Natural Science and Royal Ontario Museum
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In tissue-nucleated freshwater pearl culturing, the creation of a pearl requires two mollusks, a donor and a host. A small piece of mantle tissue, taken from the donor mollusk, is inserted into the host mollusk. As well known in urban legend, the introduction of a foreign object stimulates the production of nacre, or pearl essence, from the host mollusk. The nacre is emited in platelets which bond over the surface of the object, forming a series of crystalline layers, as can be seen in the photo to the right.
Discovery of Pearl CulturingThe art of "culturing" a pearl was discovered in 1893 by a Japanese named Kokichi Mikimoto. He began selling his cultured pearls in 1899 in the world-famous shopping district of Ginza, Edo(modern-day Tokyo). Cultured pearls were an innovation which took many long years full of scientific challenges and cultural barriers to their acceptance as authentic. By the early 1900's, Mikimoto's long labor was eventually recognized for it's genius and his pearl cultuing techniques are now utilized all over the world(but mainly within Asia) to generate over 98% of the world's pearl supply.