Monday, 23 November 2009

Power of Chiang Mai




The 4-day getaway to Chiangmai, Thailand (north of Bangkok) was exactly what i needed. Good food, great company, fresh air, artsy streets, edgy concepts, (referring to the hotel selection). And did i say fresh air.... esp. Up in the mountains--- our little rain forest adventure where we got to explore the forest & enjoy the flora & fauna the gibbon's way.....I want to say I glided through the canopy but i know those 3 will beg to defer.

I will post more pics of the city very soon....

Meanwhile, some resort pics...
Chedi Resort (Contemporary Asian Style)
123 Charoenprathet Rd T.Changkran Muang
Riverside, Chiang Mai

Thumbs up to the citrus cooler a right blend of flavors... i am a Kaffir lime leaves fan so if you just like me, u have to try this at the Terrace Bar and Cigar Lounge.

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And if you are into Lanna (traditional thai style), then maybe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi is for you.

Situated outside the city centre, Dhara Dhevi is quite an experience. Driving to the resort took us close to 15 minutes. The minute I got there I knew i have been to this place. It was almost 5 years ago when i visited Chiang Mai with my family. Back then, the resort was not in operation yet. Only the restaurant was in service. I told K and he gave me the "yah right' look. It was late when we got there so i did not get a chance to explore. Back in bangkok and with some time to kill, I googled the resort for images and alas! THis is that exact spot where we took pictures.
http://www.chiangmai.bangkok.com/mandarin-oriental-dhara-dhevi/images/dining00.jpg
I am glad, My recollection of this place is still quite clear; mainly the structural & layout since it was still under construction when I first visited.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nRU5BjOPBRw/SH8ixTKUL2I/AAAAAAAAAaA/JIKAbnBpo60/s400/Dhara-Dhevi-Hotel.jpg
More images in my next posting....

Thursday, 12 November 2009

A Cultured Queen Conch

Conch Pearls: The Pink Pearls

Conch pearls (pronounced "konk") contain no nacre, so technically they are not actually pearls at all. Instead, the gems are calcareous concretions, similar to kidney stones in humans. They are produced by the Queen conch mollusk (Strombus gigas), which lives primarily in the Caribbean near southern Florida. Since the meat of the Queen conch is prized as food, it is generally harvested by fishermen, rather than being sought for its pearls. The pearls tend to be "by-products" of the harvest, discovered by the fishermen as they clean their catch. Hence it is quite a rare occurrence maybe 1 in 10,000 queen conch contains one of these pretty pink pearl. No one has yet devised a method for culturing conch pearls until November of 2009. A first break through (good or bad?) by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI)."

"Perhaps the most significant outcome from our research is that the technique we have developed does not require sacrificing the conch in the process," said Davis. "The 100 percent survival rate of queen conch after seeding and the fact that it will produce another pearl after the first pearl is harvested will make this culturing process more efficient and environmentally sustainable for commercial application."

And yet another piece of nature being cultivated.http://www.modernjeweler.com/images/article/1175355692062_3_ConchPearl_PearlParadise.jpg

In the scietist's words: "Perhaps the most significant outcome from our research is that the technique we have developed does not require sacrificing the conch in the process," said Davis. "The 100 percent survival rate of queen conch after seeding and the fact that it will produce another pearl after the first pearl is harvested will make this culturing process more efficient and environmentally sustainable for commercial application."

But stilll.....http://www.caribbeanseapearls.com/pearlsondock_LARGE.jpg

Enjoy the natural Pink Conch here! Soon there will be commercial pieces in the market and it is going to be tough to separate a natural vs. a cultured one.

THink i should go hunt down this book. Such Beauty.... http://www.skira.net/covers/8861300132.jpg

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Color My World

"Color Me Katie" is an uplifting experience!
The gallery business has been very slow lately and the only way to keep me alive and entertained is to visit Katie..... You want to? visit her here.

She was organizing her fridge.............
Doing dishes in her sink.... Fashionably....Making a mess in her room.... to make this image

Katie flying a kite! Take me with you.....

A Sharart Design



A Peridot, Pink Sapphire & White diamond Ring. Inspired by Asian Architecture.

The Single Padma (lotus ring).
Cognac,white diamond and a cabochon sapphire


The Chinese motif inspired scroll ring with graduated yellow sapphires and 2 cabochon yellow sapphires.

A pair of Asian architecture inspired earrings made of Pink, Yellow, Blue sapphire and white diamonds. Sharart Design
A pair of Asian ancient architecture inspired earrings made of 2 tones of Pink sapphires, green sapphires and white diamond. More from Sharart

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Diving Bell & the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Movie recommended by a friend who assured me that I will enjoy/appreciate this movie.

He was a well-known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE. (more about him here)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a translation of the French memoir Le scaphandre et le papillon by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with a condition called locked-in syndrome. It also details what his life was like before the stroke.

On December 8, 1995, Bauby, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and eyes (one of which had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem). The entire book was written by Bauby blinking his left eyelid, which took ten months (four hours a day). A transcriber repeatedly recited a French language frequency-ordered alphabet (E, S, A, R, I, N, T, U, L, etc.), until Bauby blinked to choose the next letter. The book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes. The book also chronicles everyday events for a person with locked-in syndrome. These events include playing at the beach with his family, getting a bath. http://zulayare.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/baubysonsmos_468x3242.jpg
Scenes from the movie...
http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/06/15/reviews/bauby.gifThe real him...

Friday, 6 November 2009

TIN Y Seed Pearls

Some call them poppy Seed Pearls, the Japanese call them Keshi. Seed pearls are 100% Natural. There is absolutely no human intervention in their formation. Basically seed pearls are

by-products of pearl formation. Seed Pearl Ropes
The Pearl Carpet of Baroda (extraordinary example)
What an ostentatious piece of work!

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda was one such creation commissioned by Geakwar Khande Rao, in 1860 and completed in 1865. The Maharajah Gaekwar of Baroda Khande Rao who ruled between 1856 and 1870, was one of the most notable connoisseurs and collectors of jewels and jewelry in the history of the entire dynasty, who would have gone to any extent, despite the expenditure involved, to acquire any jewel that captured his interest in any part of the world, or create any fabulous piece of jewelry that took shape in his fertile mind, using the most highly skilled and experienced jewelry craftsmen, who had been trained in the Mughal tradition of jewelry crafting, who were at the disposal of his court.

The estimated number of pearls on the carpet: 1.1 million. The total estimated weight of the pearls is 30,000 carats. The total number of table-cut diamonds in the rosettes is approximately 2,520, having a total weight of around 350 to 400 carats. The number of cabochon rubies in the carpet are over 1,000 and Colombian emeralds over 600. Thank U blogger @ Jewellery India.

Seed Pearls Rule!!!

Legendary Figures in Pearls...


Famous Weddings: Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy in pearls.
http://www.jewelrygalblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/breakfast-at-tiffanys-iv.jpg
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Well it is not as simple as a strand of pearls. You need to get the right length to get that right look!

Choker: 14 inches – 16 inches.
Princess: 16+ inches – 20 inches.
Matinee: 20+ inches – 26 inches.
Opera: 28 inches – 32 inches.
Rope: Longer than Opera size strand.

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