Sunday, 29 June 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2014

The romance between the Cannes Film Festival and Chopard has blossomed since 1998 – the year Chopard became the Official Partner to what is perhaps the world’s most renowned film festival. Since the Cannes Film Festival’s 60th anniversary in 2007, Chopard has annually created commemorative Haute Joaillerie collections.

The Red Carpet Collection 2014 once again testifies to Chopard’s considerable talents.
This year’s collection features 67 unique creations. The pieces are inspired by the glamour and voluptuous beauty of the actresses who lit up the heyday of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Indian Jewels go on display in Kremlin Museum

(IDEX Online News) – India: Jewels that Enchanted the World, billed as the most comprehensive exhibition of Indian jewelry ever staged, has gone on display in the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin.

The exhibition examines the legacy of 500 years of Indian jewelry, from the 17th century to the present day. More than 300 pieces of jewelry and jeweled objects – loaned from over 30 museums, institutions and private collections from around the world – have been brought together for the first time "to showcase the beauty of Indian craftsmanship, the magnificence of diamond and gemstone setting, and the aesthetic refinement of Indian taste," according to organizers. Many of the items have never been exhibited before.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Golden Graves of Ancient Vani

The kingdom of Colchis lay in what is today the Republic of Georgia. Situated east of the Greek world, north of the Persian Empire, and southeast of the Scythians, the region was at a crossroads of cultures. Known in myth as the destination of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece, Colchis was renowned as a region rich in gold.

The Colchian settlement of Vani is situated inland from the eastern shore of the Black Sea, on a 200-meter-high hilltop flanked by deep ravines. The settlement is spread across three terraces and overlooks the fertile region between the Sulori and Rioni rivers.

The earliest signs of human activity at Vani date to 700 B.C., but it is during the fifth century (500–400 B.C.) that the city's wealth becomes prominent. Vani appears to have served as the administrative center for the local Colchian elite, who would have overseen the agricultural economy.

The series of graves for which Vani is renowned date to about 450–250 B.C. Thereafter, rich burials appear to cease.
In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-hair winged ram, which was held in Colchis. The fleece is a symbol of authority and kingship. It figures in the tale of the hero Jason and his band of Argonauts, who set out on a quest for the fleece by order of King Pelias, in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of Iolcus in Thessaly.

Some believe that the legend of the Golden Fleece was based on a practice of the Black Sea tribes; they would place a lamb's fleece at the bottom of a stream to entrap gold dust being washed down from upstream. This practice is still in use, particularly in the Svaneti region of Georgia.

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