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[Tidbits] Paris


He … of noble birth … outstanding beauty … intelligence …
strength … suckled by a she-bear … he is the basis for our piece
of jewelry.

I digress … for those of you who have not missed one issue of
Tidbits since its inception about six years ago and may want to
accuse me of repetitiveness … I stand guilty as charged. I did
indeed do a small piece back then on this same topic. But the
coloring was different … the thrust less poignant … the taste
less piquant.

I continue. Mythological themes in jewelry are not easy. You can
carve a Gorgon’s head … or a hammer of Thor … or a lightning
bolt … or a majestic Pegasus in flight … or a viper or a flower
or a mountain. But can you carve a theme? One might say nay and one
might say yay … but only the yays would be right.

There is a brooch made of Sterling and now held in a private
collection whose birth was gleaned from a piece of jewelry held by
the British Museum. Its theme is: The Judgement of Paris. Paris …
our protagonist … is surrounded by Hera, and Athena, and
Aphrodite. He holds in his hand an apple. Ahhh … that fateful
fruit. Paris has to decide which of the three is most beautiful …
and to her will go the mythical apple.

To me … this sounds like a lose lose situation. Once he chooses
… two females with great powers are going to be a tad upset with
him. Have any of you ever had a woman of great and magical powers
angry with you? Have you ever had two? I shudder to think of the
consequences. Just so you know … if I was in this situation …
I’d eat the damn thing and let the girls figure it out for

In any case … this brooch can also be worn as a pendant. And it’s
truly striking. Should any of you out there be less than impressed
… I would ask you to carve a theme for me. A mythological theme
perhaps. Make it into a piece of jewelry. Have it tell a story.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits…and then click on the link that says: Paris … where you
will see a graphic of a brooch created with talent and ingenuity.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark

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Check our site. Nearly all of our pieces are “illustrations” of
Celtic myth and legend as well as some cultural historical pieces. My
wife Carmon is especially gifted in this type of design work.

Mike Dibble
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