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[Tidbits] Shells ... A variation on a theme

I firmly believe that we don’t all see things in the same light.

You’re a jeweler. Your friend is not. It’s a balmy day in the
Caribbean. You suggest a dip in the waters… with snorkeling gear.
Let’s see what we see. And so you both go off… snorkeling gear in
one hand… underwater camera in the other. But here’s the thing of
it. You do not come away with the same mindset as your friend. He’s
delighted. He’s going to send pictures home. And you… your mind
will not rest. It’s a volcano of roiling thoughts piquing every
corner of your imagination.

Back home your friend shows his pictures at a “look at my vacation
images” party… probably boring the crap out of his friends who are
far too polite to say anything. Ah… but you… now that’s a
different story. You’re in your shop. Don’t wait up with dinner for
me hon… I’ll be late. Midnight. Maybe one. I’ll call. You’re
tinkering. You’re sketching. You’re soldering and sawing and bending
and twisting and carving out waxes. You’re wife will be lucky if she
sees you at all tonight. You are engripped with feverish creativity.
You mutter inanities to yourself. She sells sea shells by the…

And as it is for you… perhaps once it was the same for Tiffany…
and Trianon… and others --who’s names are not mentioned–in the
collage of sea shells and coral brooches and earrings you are about
to see about the sea.

Coral and Diamond Brooch is by Tiffany… circa 1950 France… formed
in the motif of a sea urchin in 18 karat gold. Value: About 6000
Swiss Francs roughly 20 years ago.

The Yellow Scallop Shell… briolette sapphires, pearls, and
diamonds… is a brooch in 18 karat gold made by Trianon… an artist
whose work I sadly do not know. Value: About 7000 Swiss Francs
roughly 20 years ago.

And then the brooch and earring on the upper right and the earring on
the lower right are valued at 4500 and 2000 Swiss Francs

But in the end… I go back to the beginning and how we see things.
Everything on this planet is fodder for the imagination. Creativity
is infinite. And she does sell seashells by the seashore. I know.
I’ve seen her selling.

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 Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages an image of a beautiful collection of bejeweled seashells.

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


I look forward to every tidbit. The pieces are gorgeous and a great
reminder of colors of the Caribbean. You are also right; there are
those who think photos are fabulous and others who believe a
reminder of a adventure must be as magnificent as the actual
adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Mary A