Sunday, February 10, 2013
It’s the Chinese New Year today — welcome to the Year of the Snake, like it or not! Alas, a lot of people don’t like it very much, according to Friday’s Wall Street Journal. The Snake is seen as less auspicious than the Year of the Dragon that just ended. And there’s another problem when it comes to luck: This is a “blind” year, which doesn’t include the first day of spring. As the Journal explains:
“Because the Chinese use a lunar calendar, the first day of the new year typically falls between late January and mid-February. But spring always starts in early February—this year, on Feb. 4—while the Year of the Snake doesn’t begin until Feb. 10.
That means the Year of the Dragon had two first days of spring—one at the start and one at the end—while the Year of the Snake will have none.”
It’s also challenging to turn a snake into a cuddly children’s toy. Poor snake! I believe in turning perceived faults into assets. If you can’t be adorable, be fierce. The Journal says snakes are also known as little dragons, and that’s the image that influenced me when I did my snake jewelry designs. I’d seen a lot of snake jewelry that made the House of Slytherin’s mascot look toothless. What are those snakes supposed to do? Gum you to death? Boring. I gave my serpents fierce fangs. I started with a necklace …
Then did complementary earrings in 18K yellow gold …
… and a combination of 18K rose gold and blackened sterling silver.
If those snakes are too ferocious for you, check out my fang-free Cleopatra designs. Inspired by the Nile and the legend of Cleopatra’s deadly asp, the Cleopatra earrings have a snakelike shape but no serpentine features.
The earrings are 4 1/2″ long but light enough to wear all night. Sometimes, harkening back to my ’80s style preferences, I wear just one Cleopatra earring and mismatched studs in the other ear. I did that on New Year’s Eve.
If you own any of my single earrings in silver, you can get the silver Cleopatras. That way, you can mix it up like I do or wear the Cleos as a pair depending on your mood.
Holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com if you need help purchassssssssssing anything.