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Flamingos in winter!

Flamingos in winter!

As winter arrives we thought we would draw influence from these fabulous flamingo necklaces from Amanda Coleman to think about sunnier climes. So off the jewellery piste we go to talk about these exotic birds instead today...

You probably don't know that the flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas. The word derives from the Spanish word flamenco, which itself comes from flamma, Latin for flame or fire. The pinkish colour of the flamingo's feathers comes from carotenoids (the pigment that also makes carrots orange) in their diet of plankton, brine shrimp and blue-green algae. The backward bending "knee" of a flamingo's leg is not the knee but its ankle; the knee is out of sight further up the leg. 

If you want to see them for real then you have plenty of options for a great trip between South America, Middle East, Africa or India. Otherwise we suggest you settle for ordering our necklace :) 

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Art Deco in 10

  1. Art Deco design has been popularised recently with Pippa Middleton's magnificent engagement ring.
  2. Jewellery from this time can be recognised as bold, geometric and often featuring strong colour.
  3. The name comes from the 'Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriel Modernes' in Paris in 1925.
  4. This was the age of modernisation and industrialism post World War 1.
  5. It was also, importantly, during this time that women got the vote.
  6. Art Deco design was influenced by countries such as Greece, Africa, East Asia and Egypt - the primary discovery of this time being the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1920.
  7. Platinum became a popular setting metal for jewellery during this time as it is able to hold diamonds in a delicate framework.
  8. Cultured pearls were first farmed.
  9. Van Cleef and Arpels designed the invisible or mysterious setting which places stones on T-rail which cannot be seen.
  10. Carter made its first rolling ring during this time.

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