Although they may be diminutive in stature and composition, designs featuring a whimsical motif have broad appeal in jewellery, especially since they’re often the product of the creative minds and workshops of some of the finest makers.
Foliar representations may seem commonplace, but they figure prominently in ancient art and culture, elevated to a higher significance by their use. If you stop to think about it, leaf references abound in popular culture and in common speech, idioms, adages, and sayings.
Although many couples in committed relationships are forgoing the sanctity of marriage, the wedding industry appears to be thriving. And on the wedding day, appearances are everything. It’s the memories that count.
‘Icy,’ ‘mottled,’ ‘mutton-fat,’ ‘greasy.’ No, your freezer doesn’t need defrosting, there’s been no kitchen disaster, and this is not about the newest trend in restaurant menus or avant-garde ice cream concoctions. These are some of the myriad terms describing a mineral venerated in Chinese culture.
Organics are cropping up everywhere—in your local big box supermarket, at the neighbourhood farmer’s market, on the menu of your favourite bistro.For centuries, luxury organics—namely pearls—have been popular personal adornments for the fingers, necks, ears, and wrists of the powerful and the wealthy. It’s a fascination that continues today.
There’s been a noticeable resurgence in popularity lately of mid-century modern furniture, and suburban realtors are rejoicing now that those split-levels and cookie-cutter bungalows, once vilified as boring, are now subject to raging bidding wars.
Gift giving used to be a much simpler task, but its myriad complexities are being tackled by respected social psychologists. Motivation, perception, and acceptance have all been subject to intensive scrutiny.
Scientific researchers continue to prove the benefits accrued to people with healthy interpersonal relationships and wide-ranging social circles. Those blessed with multiple positive interactions tend to live longer, are less depressed, and even have fewer health problems in general.