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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jewels Are Parfumista's Best Friends - Thinking Ahead to Valentine's Day

Right about this time every January I get depressed. The Holiday season is over, the presents are opened, the tree is taken down, the weather is either miserable or, like this year, bizarre…When a mood like that strikes me, I cheer myself up by making a wish list. Besides, I learned that the earlier you start to nag to make hints, the better are the odds of getting what you want. This year I made one resolution only- to get more in touch with my inner glamour girl, to re-discover the interest in all things feminine… and so this coming Valentine’s day I will be asking the long-suffering Mr. Colombina not just for perfume but for jewelry to go with perfume.

For example, wouldn’t these black onyx and diamond earrings set in 18kt white gold ($2,495 at Heavenly Treasures) go ever so nicely with Strange Invisible Perfumes Black Rosette ($185 at Barney’s)? I think they would!

This citrine, cabochon, green topaz, peridot & diamond ring ($2,195 at Heavenly Treasures) is just asking to be worn with L’Artisan’s Fleur de Narcisse ($295 at Luckyscent)

These citrine, smoky quartz and diamonds button earrings set in 18kt white gold
...and/or this 14k gold and black onyx square bracelet ($1,995 and $1,050 respectively at Heavenly Treasures) ...simply have to be accompanied by Bois de Copaiba (CAD$100 at The Perfume Shoppe)

If this Multi-Strand Peridot & Pearl Scarf Necklace ($489.00 at Heavenly Treasures) could talk, it would discreetly whisper into Mr. Colombina’s ear that it has to be given to me together with a bottle of Diorissimo in perfume form ($142.99 at Imagination Perfumery).

Valentine’s Day without a heart-shaped little something is unthinkable. I am not a big fan of red and pink, but this white gold heart with black and white diamonds ($849.95 at Heavenly Treasures) is exactly what I like, and would go wonderfully well with an elegant and opulent classic like Diorama ($Quite a Lot, at Dior headquarters in Paris, Harrods and eBay).

So now that the Holiday Season is over, what's on your wishlist?

The first image is by Anne Taintor, from Other images are from


Blogger tmp00 said...

That peridot and pearl necklace is beautiful! As are the other ones...

Well, I'm not a big fan of jewelry for men (and do not have a Sig Other to buy for me) but if forced:

A nice 1966 vintage Rolex Day Date in rose gold from Wanna Buy A Watch? for only $11,500.00 and a nice bottle of l'Animatiere?

A lovely white Mercedes 560SL at only $22,500.00 and a nice gas card?

Case Study House #22 (not presently for sale, but most likely in the mid to high 5 million range) and a nice sandwich?


11:18 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Of course, I might have managed to scare off anyone who might have been tempted to apply for the position of Sig Other until the end of time.

Really, I can be had for the price of a bottle of l'Antimatiere. Or Merlot. Anybody?!?

1:33 AM EST  
Blogger Caitlin Shortell said...

This post was a brilliant idea. I reminded myself of Woody Allen when I first caught sight of this and thought it said "Jews Are Parfumista's Best Friends-" I thought, okay, perhaps.

I have to do my jewelry shopping list and come back to this.

5:33 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I'm jewelry challenged, so may I just steal your black onyx and diamond earrings and put them on my wishlist too? :) They're gorgeous! I'll ask for a bottle of Nuit de Noel parfum to go with it (don't think they go together quite as well as your SIP idea, but...).

6:14 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an intriguing post! You've got me thinking now! For me, I am obsessed with my new Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise so I would say I need a trip to Paris in a bad way! I also just finished reading "French Women For All Seasons" AND I've been making food from my new cookbook "Barefoot In Paris". So I need a trip to Paris in a bad way. If I have one regret, it's that I didn't get my DH to take me there BEFORE my little rug-rat arrived! Now I fear I'll have to wait 18 years to plan a proper trip there! Oh well I guess by then I'll have way more wants and we'll have way more $ to spend!!!

6:28 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

The real beauty of presenting a wish list w/ jewelry like that is that it makes the perfume look so wonderfully inexpensive in comparison. And I *love* that Anne Taintor image. Frugal is indeed an ugly word.
There's a necklace at MOMA I have my eye on...won't happen, but I may just show it to DH to emphasize how inexpensive that coffret really is.

7:31 AM EST  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Hot DAMN, girl !
You're GOOOOOD....

Tom, baby, just make that Merc a gull-wing, won't you, darlin'?
[And I don't even drive!]

This year, I'm screwed...
It's my turn to work my 12 hours on V-day, AND my b-day, as well, later on. Just filled out the timeplan.
Ah, well.

[Sings, "Well, it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.... WE CARE A LOT..."]

Maybe, I could plead w/ DH [not that I have to, mind- he IS a dear soul !] for FK's #3, in the least costly packaging...

8:23 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Oh, gee! I want those onyx and diamond earrings--and I don't even have pierced ears! OK, I will settle for the onyx bracelet. But I don't think any jewelry (or any perfume, for that matter) is in the cards for me. My birthday is in March, and DH has volunteered to fund a long-weekend trip to Canyon Ranch with a group (cheaper that way) that's occuring around that time. That's it for a while for me, I think. . . .

8:29 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

I want a big fat diamond (at least 2 carats, preferably closer to 3), longer legs, a personal chef to cook dinner, and ... uh, world peace?

8:38 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I want that house too. And those sandwiches. Priceless indeed :-)
And come on, man, you for a $80.00 bottle of L'Antimatiere?? I think you are worth at least a bell jar! :-D

8:41 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh that is too funny! Would love to see your list!!

8:42 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sure, you are welcome to the earrings. I think they would also go well with Paestum Rose, I forgot whether you liked that one as much as I did?

8:43 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You need an exquisite string of pearls to go with Vanille Exquise...:-)
I am reading the same book by the way, it made me crave asparagus something awful :-)
Oh, and- 18 years?...well, I have 14 years left to go till Paris then. How old is your little one?

8:44 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Forget my list. I like your idea much better!

8:44 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It does make perfume look positively like a bargain, doesn't it? I should have found a piece of jewelry to go with a bottle of Djedi :-)
I'd love to see that necklace at MOMA.

8:46 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

V-Day is a silly commercialized little holiday anyway. At least you will be happy knowing you are doing something worthwhile...and then when you come home the DH will be waiting...and so on :-)
Big hugs!

8:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Personally, I'd take a trip over any sort of jewelry any time. I think I'd take it over perfume even. I feel like I haven't been anywhere for at least a 1000 years :-)

8:48 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

How sweet of you to include world peace. :-) I don't see any 'fumes on the list though. No lemings? :-)

8:49 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only one of those perfumes I'm familiar with is SIP's Black Rosette, and yes, it is perfect for that jewelry!

9:35 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Isn't it? The moment I saw the earrings I thought- Black Rosette!

9:39 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My little one 16 months... so maybe 17 years!! BTW, the white asparagus with homade mayo is to die for! The flourless chocolate cake too! YUM!!!

11:30 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Aw, 16 months, wonderful age! Enojy, they grow up so fast..I know that :-( One blink, and they are 18, and we are in Paris :-)

11:34 AM EST  
Blogger IrisLA said...

What a wonderful post! It takes me to fantasyland where I am presented with a heart-shaped diamond solitaire along with a bottle of Strange Invisible Perfumes Fair Verona for Valentines Day. Ahhh, yes.

11:46 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way you think, M. Gorgeous choices!

11:50 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Well, I think I deserve a bell jar as well, but if I am presented with even the watch, I would be happy to provide the sandwiches myself.

Kayliana- I want Ina Garten to adopt me.

11:52 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh, I am going to rummage through my samples to see if I have that one...sounds wonderful!

11:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you so much!

11:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am sure your sandwiches would be way, way better.

11:54 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take it from me, ladies (and gentlemen), train your little one right and you can take her to Paris when she's 16 for a mother-daughter shopping/bonding trip! For that matter, don't wait till she's 16!

11:55 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I'd love to do fact I will, as soon as I can :-)

12:12 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! I adore amber. I still remember seeing all the wonderful amber jewelry in Latvia, when I was a child...

12:19 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

I just love that bracelet, although I almost never wear anything but earrings these days. Ack, then I looked at the price! Makes my little perfume "problem" seem reasonable :-)

1:31 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

LOL Compared to doesn't even seem like a problem :-)

1:36 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those onyx and diamond earrings are stunning.

Personally, I'm going to wish for Les Exclusives and this gorgeous multi-strand necklace from Tiffany's new Star collection.

Although the thought of a trip to Europe is a tempting wish... In my fantasies, Berlin, here I come!

1:48 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am with you on Les Exclusifs...and I'd love to see Berlin.

1:50 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berlin's lovely, if you ever get the chance to visit.

And I'm with you on the post-holiday depression. Although the weather here, also weird, has been keeping my mind off feeling blah. I'll keep the wish list mood lifter in mind when I get down in March when the snow refuses to go away.

2:10 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm joining the club of the *winter blues-ers* ;-), these days it has started to get me, too. I am daydreaming about spring and summer all day long and at the same time I'm well aware that the winter has only just begun :-(. if only the days would be a bit longer, now I feel like I leave home in the dark and come home in the dark.
as for the Valenine day, I must admit that we're not very fond of celebrating it with gifts. however, for some other occasion, I wouldn't mind getting a gorgeous, huge, rhinestone cocktail ring :-D.

2:54 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Love those kinds of rings. Would wear just that ring, not a single other piece of jewelry. Ah!

2:57 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year I am not in the mood of things that we can buy with money(at least expensive ones). The only wish for Valentine's Day, I hope my husband doesn't forget it and buys me beautiful white flowers and maybe a card(last year he was too busy and late to celebrate it:(.

3:19 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....,but I liked that ring. It is my style:)

3:20 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I'd love a bouquet of white roses for the V-day...

3:21 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I like the idea of matching jewlery with perfume.

However calling Diorissimo "pure perfume" is absolutely heretic from succh a great web site as Perfume-smelling' things. Indeed Perfume or Parfum is already a concentration, you could name it extract or extrait which is far more refined in my views.

Keep it up,

5:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! Good point!

5:04 PM EST  
Blogger Gaia said...

A few of Paloma Picasso's Sugar Stacks for Tiffany would go quite nicely with several Serge Lutens exclusives. I'll have to settle on the latter, because a trip to Paris is in the works...

5:56 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Gosh yeas, those are nice!
Very envious about your trip! :-)

9:04 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

What a wonderful present. I love pearls. They bring instant elegance to an outfit.

8:24 AM EST  

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