Spring In Step(s)

It’s hard to believe I haven’t written since October 19th (!!) And that a full year ago today I was in England!

A year ago today, I was in England!

A year ago today, I was in England!

It’s been a busy and productive Winter including some (more) travel, creativity, health resolutions, and A LOT of ice and snow this season! I am sooo looking forward to Spring and warmer weather, and things are slowly starting to melt and warm up in South Central Ontario. Tomorrow is the First Day of Spring. At least of course, in theory :)

This Spring is going to be especially exciting, because as anticipated, my Sweetheart and I (finally) brought home our little dog a few weeks ago! We’d considered getting a Mini Bull Terrier pup, but like with many of the most exciting things in life, our plans changed and we instead adopted a ‘colourful’ Boston Terrier pup we’ve named Dorothy. We’ve been fans of Boston Terriers for many years and it was the breed we’d initially taken an interest in. They are known for being exceptionally happy, intelligent dogs that especially enjoy human interaction. And Dorothy fits this to a T, making her a perfect addition to our home. She’s kept us on our toes these past three weeks, and I’m sure she’ll be a recurring character in my posts.

Gemologically speaking, I’m down to my last two assignments (!!). I’m awaiting results on assignments 33 and 34 and am both excited and nervous at the prospect of taking my Final Exam after all assignments have been completed.
 It’s been an interesting process and one I’ve learned, can’t be rushed, so I won’t make the mistake of saying that I’m near completion (as I’ve been saying for over  a year now, with some truth), ha ha! But if all goes well, I’ll be writing soon as a Graduate Gemologist and not a Student! There will definitely be a celebratory something in good order when that day arises!
Dear Reader, let me introduce to you my Dog, Dorothy! She's a very sweet, loving girl and she's already outgrown this sweater.

Dear Reader, let me introduce to you my Dog, Dorothy! She’s a very sweet, loving girl and she’s already outgrown this sweater.

My interest in the metaphysical side of gemstones (this time, Jade) inspired some interesting conversations in November and December, and brought me to this very detailed and thoughtful book. “The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach” offers a unique perspective with lots of high quality photographs!
 I’d began to write a blog about my Jade research and discoveries in November and December, but ultimately decided at the time that the topic was too vast for the moment (and my power went out during an ice storm so I didn’t have the chance to fully collect my thoughts on the topic).

Interestingly, right in time for Spring and the revisitation of my thoughts around the last time I wanted to post, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the world’s finest set of Jadeite beads in early April 2014, so perhaps I’m in good company with my current fascination with Jade.

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace is considered to be the finest example of Jade jewellery in the world, not only for its historical significance, but also for the quality and consistency of the Jade it is created from.
 A  wedding gift from her father, and first worn in public on the 21st birthday of heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton, the origins of the necklace are reputed to be from the Chinese Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial Dynasty of China. Even for someone not particularly interested in Jade, it is obvious to see, just from photos, that there is something special about this necklace…it glows! With this incredible inspiration, I think I will revisit my previous musings about Jade and work towards writing a Jade post to give this majestic necklace and the stone itself justice.
The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace adorned Chinese nobility before it came into the possession of its namesake. The Ruby and Diamond clasp, a stunning example of the Art Deco aesthetic, was designed by famed jeweller Cartier in the 1930s.

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace adorned Chinese nobility before it came into the possession of its namesake. The Ruby and Diamond clasp, a stunning example of the Art Deco aesthetic, was designed by famed jeweller Cartier in the 1930s.

As for the conclusion of this auction (the Hutton-Mdivani Necklace is expected to fetch almost 13 million dollars, US), I’m hoping that the necklace returns to China, where Jade has been appreciated and revered for thousands of years, both for its beauty, and also for its “aura”. I’m looking forward to watching this one!

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