Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Do you know your ‘style' ?
When it comes to clothes, I don’t think I ever really had a ‘style’. I’m not tall, thin, svelte. My body wasn’t meant for the runway or catwalk.
However, I can make a statement with my jewelry.
I recently visited Philadelphia – the city of art, murals, history, John Wind, freedom, cheesesteaks. Whoa, back up a little...John Wind? Do you know him?
A friend and I walked into an upscale boutique on Walnut Street. I didn’t make it past the front of the shop where there was a jewelry display. I was immediately blown away by the jewelry I saw. I asked about it and was told the pieces were created by Philadelphia designer John Wind. His jewelry spoke to me and I listened. I knew it must have a story to tell.
First, let me tell you what I've learned about John Wind. He has twenty-five years of experience in his field. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and London's Slade School of Fine Art. He first designs were Victorian-inspired brooches. His jewelry is both vintage and modern. His work is snapped up by celebrity clients who wear his jewelry proudly.
He and his jewelry are written about in nearly every fashion magazine worldwide.
His jewelry has raised money to help in his humanitarian effort to fight Aids. From all accounts, he and his company's staff are a kind and friendly, loving group of people.
Imagine found brooches, necklaces, bracelets from the flea markets of Paris or London. That's what I think of when I see John Wind jewelry.
and pretty enough to display anywhere when you aren't wearing it.
Now, I want to tell you the story that the pieces of John Wind jewelry I bought told me.
This bracelet told me how it was created with a love of the past and a piece of history.
See the Fleur De Lis? That's a French lily, emblematic of French heraldry.
See the crown? Could there be anything that says "Royality" more than a crown ...and I AM the Queen of my castle.
Oh! The crown enhancer is also a locket!
The rooster says that although I'm a farm girl at heart, I am of French descent (truly, I am), and the rooster is also a symbol of France...and of Key West, Florida, which I'm pretty fond of!
Ah, my bird - I love to fly to parts unknown (unknown to me, at least), and I just love birds in general. I think of them as free spirits.
And look at that chunky number "4" - can you guess? Just ask me about that number "4" and I'll tell you about the loves of my life...my four grandchildren.
Go ahead - just ask me!!!
I hope you can see the delicate key and compass enhancer. The compass says that I do love to travel the world and the key says that travel can unlock you imagination -the only thing greater than your dreams.
The real working clock tells me that I'm usually not on time...ahem!
Moving on to the important stuff, such as the beautiful initial "D" with the pearl. Okay, that's easy - my name begins with "D"...but isn't that a pretty piece?! ..and last, but not least by any means - my Bee. My Bee is very special to me. It's the meaning and symbol of my name "Deborah". Or it could tell you that I am the Queen Bee in our family...well, perhaps in my own mind! I've named this blog Miss Bee's Haven and my dearest friends call me Miss Bee. So, you see why my Bee is a very special piece?
The enhancers on this bracelet that I put together, can be rearranged or taken off and added to a necklace or another bracelet.
I'm hoping for other pieces of John Wind jewelry that will add to my story...
perhaps a musical piece like a mandolin.
Well, I've probably kept you too long. I must tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you see how excited I am about this line of jewelry.
If you want a closer look at any if my pictures, just click on the photo.
You can visit John Wind and his Maximal Art Company HERE and HERE.