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That Gold and Coral Beast

It’s the same the whole world over,
It’s the poor wot gets the blame.
It’s the rich wot gets the pleasure,
Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame?

I wish I could say I had written that, but, alas, I did not.
Unfortunately I do not remember the author’s name either. But the
poem sticks with me. Especially that part about the rich wot
gets the pleasure.

How much pleasure do they get, you all may well ask. Well,
fortunately, I am here to tell you how much. Let’s take, for
example, Jacqueline Bouvier, Kennedy, Onassis. It was reported
that this lass was a spender of the first class. They, whoever
They are…they say that in her first six months in the white
house she spent $50,000.00 on clothes alone. At the time, hubby
complained and asked if there wasn’t an organization around
called Shoppers Anonymous.

Of course, a woman of her stature had the finest of jewels.
After she married Onassis and frolicked on his $7 million boat,
he showered her with trinkets. As a wedding gift she received a
ring with a cabochon ruby and a matched set of heart shaped ruby
earrings. The cost…for you of faint heart…1.2 million bucks.

On one of her birthdays she was given a pair of earrings to
commemorate the Apollo 11 mission. They consisted of a sapphire
studded earth at the ear with a large ruby moon. An Apollo ship
was attached to a thin thread which circled the sapphire earth.
The cost for this little doo-dad…$150,000.00.

It was once estimated that when Jackie was in peak form, her
spending averaged $300.00 per minute. So then…it is only fair
to assume, is it not, that a lady of this stature should have
only the finest of jewelry designers making her the finest of
jewelry. And so it was.

I recently became privy to some pictures of her jewelry, and
though I liked it all, there was one…one piece…that I liked
more than all the others put together.

Among the designers who made her jewels, there was Van Cleef &
Arpels, Harry Winston, David Webb, and Tiffany & Co. However, for
me, personally, there was one piece by David Webb which passes
stunning and voyages into the realm of fabulous beyond belief.

It’s a paperweight sculpture of a mythical beast with a lion’s
head and paws, the body of which is made with a piece of buff
coral which was found in a South Pacific island where Kennedy was
once shipwrecked. It was presented to John F. Kennedy. Other
paperweights were designed and bought and were given as gifts to
visiting heads of state.

So…how many of you would like to see a picture of this li’l
ol’ gold trinket? Hmmm? C’mon now. Let me hear your votes. By a
show of hands… how many of you want to see it. Well, you know
the routine by now. To my home page…with alacrity. Down to the
Tidbits section of the table menu. Click on the old graphic link.
And thar she’ll be.

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

Take care,
Benjamin Mark

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