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A short time ago we were commissioned to design a piece for a loose stone that a client acquired many years ago. It is a 39ct Aquamarine (pic) cut in the same shape as the original ‘French Blue’ diamond. During the 17th Century, Louis XIV commission his court jeweler to cut a 115ct diamond – then called the Tavernier Blue – into something spectacular. Two years later the resulting 69ct gem was presented to the King set on a cravat pin supported by a ribbon worn around the neck. It was renamed the French Blue and Louis wore it during many ceremonies. During the French revolution it vanished and was re-cut with the larger of the pieces becoming the most famous ‘Hope Diamond’. With such an amazing history, our client wishes to have something authentic from the period created as an appropriate setting for her ‘French Blue’ cut Aqua. Mitch will be doing extensive research for his designs while we are here as well as beginning the pencil drawings for his rendering – all of which we will share with you as it progresses.
We did nothing in particular today so we have included a few random photos. Paris is a living, breathing museum with every turn revealing another treasure of architecture or history. The parks in particular are beautiful this time of year with armies of gardeners tending to each bed of flowers and blade of grass. The first three photos are of a park we passed along our way. We then passed a wonderful Kitchen supply store which is really a horrible way to describe such a shop of beauty. They obviously cater to some of the finest chefs in the city – perhaps the country – given the quality of the pots, pans and baking supplies the offer.
Given Wednesday at home is our day off and we usually take time to ourselves, we decided to part ways and explore alone agreeing to meet back at the apartment later in the day to make dinner at home. When we arrived back at the apartment, we both had in hand traditional French Baguettes (unplanned) with the tops eaten off as is the right of the person who purchases the baguette. At the end of the day the city is filled with people walking home from work with baguettes in hand with the tops missing. It is amazing that the larger of the two was only 1.10 euros and the smaller .90 euros. Bread is a major staple of the French diet and it is no wonder given how delicious they are. For dinner we made ravioli with an Arrabbiata sauce and bread. For dessert we enjoyed some chocolate and macarons from Eric Kayser.
After dinner we watched a movie – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – which was quite sweet and very enjoyable. Now it is time for bed. We are leaving you with four additional photos: The first from the Tuileries gardens with the Musée d’Orsay in the background. The next is a couple on the Champs des Mars watching a movie on their iPad with the Eiffel Tower in the background. The third are the fountains at Trocadero. This is the first time we have actually see them working which is spectacular. Finally, a few days ago we had dinner with our friend Amelie who lives here in Paris. She was recently in Hong Kong where some friends gave her a short pole that was designed to attached your cell phone to so you can take better selfies with. We thought this was odd but were shocked when we actually saw someone using it. The last photo is a girl taking a selfie with the Eiffel tower in the background using this selfie pole. We have subsequently seen at least two other people using them in the city. I think they will be the next big thing – and you heard it here first.
Mitch & Pericles