China. 1200 B.C. The populace is busy. Geishas are doing what
Geishas are wont to do. They're busy Geisha-ing. Out in the fields
... ancient rites so dear to the human heart ... ancient rites
genetically linked to the very make-up of man ... ancient rites which
rational man can only hope will never be lost through the haphazard
changes of evolution ... are being performed. I know not the name in
Chinese. In English ... the word used to describe these cherished
rites is: War.
Not far from the city gates the first encampment is busy thrusting
swords and practicing best ways to pierce flesh while preparing for
the big battle at hand. Over yonder ... beyond dale ... is the next
encampment of allies ... also practicing their thrustings. There is
no radio. The winds -- though not powerful -- are strong enough to
prevent communications via smoke signals. And yet each leader of his
regiment is in clear and constant touch with the leader at the other
end of the dale. Oh how oh how you may all well ask. And the answer
Kites! Yes my friends. Before kites were ever made into toys they
were used as the only signaling devices available between allied
camps. Colors counted. Patterns counted. The way the kites swayed in
the air ... all these things made for a complex and moderately
efficient way of staying in touch. I extrapolate. The kite is a
blush-pink. It undulates back and forth in sensuous rhythm under a
balmy sky. The meaning: Yo. Henry. You still making it with that
pretty thing that works at the egg-roll factory?
Kites were even used--with marginal success--as one-man aircraft. Our
intrepid aviator of yesteryear gripped loops at the ends of the kite
and hoped for a strong wind. Up up and away ....
Kites eventually traveled to India and then to Europe. In the
beginning ... they all had the same function: Military application.
And then ... as they outlived their original purpose ... they became
the toys they are today. And then ... and then ... that old kite-
shaped toy became a paradigm for a diamond. It was called ... oddly
enough ... a kite-shaped diamond. Is there no end ... I ask you dear
reader ... is there no end to the originality and inventiveness of
the human mind?
So now ... being the insatiable seekers of curious things I know all
readers of Tidbits are ... you are probably asking: Hey. Benjamin.
Some of us have never seen jewelry made of kite-shaped diamonds. We
too would like our souls to soar--if not to the sky--then at least
with ecstasy in seeing some kite-shaped baubles. You got something
to show us ol' buddy ol' pal?
Oh how I do I do I do. Let me tell you what it is. A Pendant with
five kite-shaped diamonds and a matching pair of earrings. Go take
a look. Quite stunning.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits...may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com
where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics ... and then click on the link that says:
KiteDiamonds ... where you'll see an image of a pendant and earring
set in 18 karat white gold.
And there ya have it.
That's it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.