bouquet holder

 

Bouquet holder of pierced gold in a floral and foliate design, set with diamonds, twelve single rubies, two ruby semi-circles and seven large pearls, tapering toward a square tapering gilt metal shaft enamelled with turquoise spirals terminating in a suspension ring.

This was a personal gift from the French Empress to Queen Victoria during the ten-day state visit to Paris in August 1855. The Queen, who particularly admired the jewels worn by the Empress, was clearly touched by her generosity. She recalled in her Journal on 26 August: ‘A week ago the Empress gave me a beautiful bouquet holder, in diamonds, pearls & rubies with the stem in enamel. She said nothing beyond hoping I would take the bouquet, and I felt quite shy about accepting it, adn inquired through my dresser of her dresser, who then said she hoped I would retain it. It is quite lovely.’ The heavily jewelled vase and suspension ring and the chased and enamelled stem are of particularly fine quality, reflecting the care the Empress took over the commissioning of all her jewellery, much of it made by the leading firms of the period, Bapst, Lemonnier and Fontenay.

The Queen’s interest in and admiration for the Empress’s jewels was rekindled at the time of the sale of the French crown jewels in May 1887; through the British Ambassador, Lord Lyons, she bid (unsuccessfully) on two lots consisting of two pins and a crescent.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010

“Happy Sissy Day” // S.W. //

Originally posted by paintingtherosecrimson

Happy Sissy Day

Pairing(s): Sam x Older!Sister!Reader, Dean x Older!Sister!Reader, OMC x Reader(Will be explained further into the story)

Member: Kat

Fandom: SPN

Requested?: Nope

Word Count: 1607 (I regret nothing)

A/N: This fic was inspired by @winchesters-favorite-girl. My first SPN fic!(Yay!) Also, I kid you not, this took almost a month to write because I was writing other fics and writer’s block. Check out my Teen Wolf fics at @silvxrteenwxlfimxgines.

Y/N’s Age: 16 Dean’s Age: 11 Sam’s Age: 7

Keep reading

Myosotis (Jimin)

Originally posted by heavenlyjimins

Summary: You and Jimin have a different type of summer love. Your feelings run deeper, your hands are held tighter, and your smiles are most definitely brighter than any other person who can say they’ve had a summer romance. But as the end of summer draws near, it’s only getting harder to detach yourself from the blond-haired Busan local. Maybe you don’t want to. And maybe, he doesn’t either. (5.3K words)

Genres: Fluff, Angst, AU

You rest your head next to Jimin’s, aimlessly gazing at the cloud-cluttered sky from the middle of a secluded meadow. His hand brushes against yours, intertwining your fingers together. Feeling the contact of his soft skin against yours, the corner of your mouth twitches upwards. You glance over at his sunlit face and blood rushes through your veins just a little bit faster. It’s a minuscule difference in speed, but still enough to let you know that yes, you are, in fact, alive and in love and that some daydreams have the potential to become day-to-day occurrences, as shown by the fingers currently locked with yours.

“What’re you looking at?” Jimin asks, although judging by the tone of his voice, he already knows the answer. Hearing his smooth voice break through the sound of birds chirping and wind blowing, the tug at the corner of your lips you felt moments before turns into a wide grin. You don’t answer, and his plump lips part again.

Keep reading