- Mar 17, 2009
Danny, that's the reason I dont go for it either! There are only 1 or 2 tiaras I like that come to a point on top -- not a flattering line, to my eye.I don't think it will look good as a tiara because the pointy nature of the center of the piece is harsh.
This is a good thread in which to have this discussion, so I hope we can continue it here. It doesn't belong in a royal jewels or tiara thread! The truth is, I need to be brought up to date.JewelFreak|1309863374|2961849 said:Do agree w/you about Albert. At first I didn't believe the recent stories but they are becoming too detailed not to be true. What's the matter with that guy? Weird ethic: "I'm committing adultery, but use contraception? Gasp, no no, I'm Catholic!" It's just plain creepy that he keeps fathering these kids! Charlene will regret deeply having gone through w/the wedding if it is all true. No amount of lifestyle can compensate for what she's gonna live with. Once they have children (knowing Albert, maybe the next 15 minutes), especially an heir, she'll never be able to leave him -- unless she is willing to go without her kids. The saddest part is that before this came out, she looked at him like she just adored him. It's such a nasty situation. I still hope against hope it's all not the truth but won't hold my breath.
Well...since we are offering opinions, I will say that Charlene has grown on me. I used to think that she was very plain looking because she was "too perfect" and it made her look bland. While everyone else raved about her, I secretly disliked her and thought that Albert had just picked up some trophy girlfriend who looked like a model.AmeliaG|1309876424|2961923 said:I'm not a fan of Charlene either but she definitely wasn't plain looking - she's the most chic bride I've seen in a long time. I thought the diamond hairpiece was a masterful touch and suited her very well.
Ah Deb, you shame me...you're much deeper than I am. I was just thinking of them and the wedding as eyecandy, nothing more. I'm impressed that her style suits her physical atributes because a lot of women (including myself) can't get that right. I can see where it can look bland because nothing stands out but I'm always pleasantly surprised when someone can pull together a look that suits their unique physical characteristics because it is so rare.AGBF|1309882153|2961967 said:Well...since we are offering opinions, I will say that Charlene has grown on me. I used to think that she was very plain looking because she was "too perfect" and it made her look bland. While everyone else raved about her, I secretly disliked her and thought that Albert had just picked up some trophy girlfriend who looked like a model.AmeliaG|1309876424|2961923 said:I'm not a fan of Charlene either but she definitely wasn't plain looking - she's the most chic bride I've seen in a long time. I thought the diamond hairpiece was a masterful touch and suited her very well.
As I have read about her, I read about an interviewer who called her the most nervous person she ever met (or words to that effect) and how she broke down and cried after the religious service. I am seeing Charlene as a person. I may not be seeing her as she really is. How could I? I am not privy to the truth about her, to who she really is, to her real thoughts and feelings. But I realize that is was incredibly unkind of me to judge her by her outward appearance. We don't know what struggles others face, how hard the journeys of others are in life.
I agree, Laurie. A very encouraging picture.JewelFreak|1310075370|2964138 said:Looking for what she is wearing in S.A. I came upon this photo -- obviously at the concert following the civil wedding. Does not look like an unhappy couple to me.
I noticed you had posted again, Laurie, and I rushed to open this thread hoping for some news. I thought-in my half-awake state-there might be some exciting news. It doesn't seem likely, as I sit here now, thinking, that anyone would be announcing a pregnancy, but-as I said-I was half awake! I went to sleep at 4:00 AM and was up at 9:00 AM. I wouldn't be back at the computer unless (cough, cough) the phone hadn't rung and interrupted my reading of, "The New York Times" articles on the compromise over the raising of the debt ceiling. (Seriously. I read the portion of three articles on the debt ceiling that was on the the front page of the paper and was feeling very proud of myself for venturing down that path, which I had not wanted to take. I had felt, "saved by the bell", though, when the phone rang. But I digress.)JewelFreak|1312195384|2981524 said:I noticed that too, Danny. I've read that Monaco, though, is a hotbed of politics, rumors, backstabbing, probably because there's a ton of money floating around & gambling attracts some sleazy, greedy characters. Rainier, with P. Grace's encouragement, managed to throw Onassis out a while after they were married -- he owned much of the casino interests & shady stuff went on constantly. Monaco's reputation then was as a seedy, tattered former watering hole. Now the Grimaldis own the largest stake & I can imagine snakes & vultures do lurk around looking to create opportunities for themselves. After Grace died, articles indicated she had few friends in Monaco, which contributed to her being unthrilled about living there. Difficult to know whom to trust. Charlene has said the same, that she's had a hard time making friends there.
Laurie, this is exactly how SO explains it. We've talked about it many times. Great minds think alike.JewelFreak|1312283856|2982197 said:Maybe it's due to a smaller pot, so to speak, from which everyone wants to grab.
Yeah!!Imdanny|1312309974|2982452 said:Great minds think alike.
There are so few left & it is a real pleasure to see their work. Oscar Heyman Bros. is another that's still around -- & even more rarely, still family owned & run. Magnificent skill & design. Check their website for a thrill -- or look them up in past Sotheby's & Christies auctions. Wow.For me, VC&A is right up there with the best of them and their pieces are made with a very rare talent and skill. I watched a video on their site about how they make their Alhambra pieces and the fact that anyone still has the ability to make jewels with this level of craftsmanship is amazing to me.