A reader of the diamond shapes post commented yesterday that she had just discovered that her emerald shaped diamond fell out of it's setting while she was out shopping, and was lost before she noticed it. PLEASE say a prayer that somehow the stone will be found and returned to her.
And please...have your own rings checked yearly for damaged prongs. May I suggest that each year around your anniversary you have your rings checked and cleaned by a professional jeweler so your rings look great while you celebrate your special day? If you have a four prong setting you may need to have your setting checked twice a year.
It only takes a few minutes to have your diamond looked at, but searching for a lost diamond can last a lifetime.
BEEP....BEEP...BEEP......We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog.
So...did I or didn't I?
Answer: yes and no. I did wear a veil to the meeting yesterday, but not a full face veil.
As hat maven Ruby pointed out in her book:
Do chose an eye veil if you would like to look younger. It's less matronly.
Can't go around looking matronly, now can we?
(Hey Ruby, what was that you were saying before about veils hiding wrinkles and giving an older woman new glamour? Now I am all confused.)
A short eye veil. I really like this veil's unusual design pattern.
One of the lovely things about veils is that they create beautiful shadow patterns upon the face.
The same happens when you wear an with open weaved wide brimmed hats. The shadow is just a subtle touch, yet a touch that I just love seeing on others.
She went home, fed her husband, then came over with a lovely hat that belonged to her mother that she wanted me to see. It was very cool that she wanted me to see her hat that held special memories and afterwards we spent an hour together chatting about hats and learning a bit more about each other.
Now my fellow milliners are probably looking at the hat in the pictures above and saying "What the heck is that?"
That's because actually this is a tailored straw hat from the 1950's, that I've refashioned with a cockade (the little medallion with the gold button in the front) AND I have also added a navy blue whimsy on top.
The whimsy is probably also from the late 1950-early 1960's, and consists of the veiling and the navy velvet bow. The whimsy belonged to my husband's grandmother; she gave it to me years and years ago.
A whimsy is usually just veiling that is gathered into a cap shape, and may or may not be further embellished with ribbons or rhinestones, dots or flowers. They were hugely popular with Catholic church women, as they were required to wear head coverings long after the rest of the population had switched over to the bigger hairstyles of the 1960. The whimsy could be slipped on and off without disturbing the teased up hairdos.
I'm going to take that to mean that when I work the afternoon shift at ref desk at the library, I can do so with a generous veil studded with rhinestones.
I see no problem with this. Our students are studded with rhinestones all over their body. Don't ask how I know, but I discovered if it can be pierced, it can have a rhinestone. A rhinestone studded veil seems quite tame by comparison.Of course not all veils are lacy. I think this hat is a great hat for adding a little mystery too. As Ruby put it:
"Your veil is a matter of illusion. Your loveliness must peep through it, not completely concealed, but touched with mystery."
The little rhinestone ball is just the right touch for tall/large faced me, don't you think?
If you have a second, take a peek at some of her hats here.
If you click through the hats, you will see she has a great fresh take on veils, and will definitely inspire you to consider trying a veil for yourself.
PS: A special thanks goes out to Mad Hatter Wannabe Cristina for discovering Ruby's missive, and posting one of Ruby's patterns on her blog. Yeah for Team Millinery Spain!