I had seen photos of Edwardian era women wearing collar necklacesbut this was my first chance to look closely. This “Umbels Collar” is dated ca. 1901-2, and made of gold, enamel, glass, and diamonds. As the articles here and here mention, Art Nouveau artists and craftsmen used stylized natural forms. Here, we’re looking at the flowers of everyday herbs. But we'll see bugs, birds, and reptiles as well.
Consuelo Vanderbilt was fortunate to have the long, swanlike neck to wear this style successfully. I’m not sure it’s quite so becoming here.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.