Mother of Pearl (珍珠貝母)

Mother of pearls are the common name for iridescent nacres. They are the pearly substances which are secreted by oysters and other mollusks.


(Green Ormer)

These substances deposited at the inner shells of the mollusks and protect the mollusks' bodies from parasites and foreign objects.


(Nacre, Green Ormer)

Nacre is also the same substance which deposited around an object lodged (either naturally or inserted people manually) inside a mollusk, and this lodged object will become a pearl finally.



Pearls are popular. Colorful pieces of mother of pearl are also highly desirable for jewellery and timepieces.

Ébauche





Even though one may know what "ébauche" is. It is sad for a non-French speaking person in not knowing how to pronounce the word. Hope that in later days, I could dig out more "examples" in illustrating the pronunciation of various brand names and watch terms.

Ébauche is a set of loose parts which is made up of the main plate, the bridges, the train, the winding and setting mechanism and the regulator. However. it does not include the timing system, the escapement or the mainspring.

The Crossovers - Part I


Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre x Aston Martin
Series: AMVOX1 R-Alarm
Model No.: 190.t4.40

Case Material: Titanium (Limited to 500 pieces only)
Movement: Automatic
Vibrations per hour: 28800
Power-reserve: 45 Hours
Jewels: 22
Bezel: Bi-Directional Rotating

Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Dial: Green Matt, Luminescent Numerals
Bracelet/Strap: Calfskin
Buckle: Double Folding Buckle 20.0 mm

Case Diameter: 44.0mm
Case Thickness: 15.7mm
Case: Back Solid with
Logos of Aston Martin & Jaeger-LeCoultre Engraved
Water Resistant: 50m/150ft.

Price: US
$ 13,100.00


Brand: Breitling X Bentley
Model: 18kt Yellow Gold Brown Leather Mens Watch
Serial: K2536212-G5-440X

Case Material: 18kt Yellow Gold
Movement: Automatic

Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Dial: Silver Dial with 3 Gold-Rimmed Sub-dials
Sub-dials: 30 Seconds, Minute and Hour Totalizers
Date displays: Between 4 and 5 o'clock
Tachymeter: Fixed and variable
Chronograph: 1/8th second
Hands: Super LumiNova Luminescent

Bracelet/Strap: Brown Leather Strap with White Contrast Stitching
Case diameter 48.70mm
Water Resistant: 100 meters/330 feet

Retail Price: $21,000.00



Brand: Audemars Piguet x Maserati
Model: Audemars Piguet Millenary Dual Time Maserati
Serial: 26150ST.OO.D084CU.01

Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Dial Color: Silver
Complications: GMT/UTC, Date, Power Reserve, Day/Night Indicator

Bracelet/Strap: Leather Strap with Deployment Buckle
Case Diameter: 47.2 mm
Water Resistant: 20 meters

Price: US$ 20,000

American Top 10 Most Prestigious Jewelry Brands

A New York-based institute had performed a survey which interviewed 500 consumers whom with the net worths of $15.1 million in average, and asked them to rank 20 pre-selected luxury jewelry brands based on 4 different criteria:

- superior quality
- uniqueness and exclusivity
- social status, and
- excellent customer service

Here were the Top 10.

1. Harry Winston => 8.14
2. Buccellati => 8.04
3. Van Cleef & Arpels => 8.04
4. Graff => 8.01
5. Tiffany & Co => 7.97
6. Piaget => 7.91
7. Cartier => 7.90
8. Chopard => 7.89
9. Bulgari => 7.87
10. Mikimoto => 7.69

Source:
http://www.vialuxe.com
http://www.luxuryinstitute.com

Malbec



Malbec is a black, mellow grape variety originally grown in the Loire Valley and Cahors (France). It is a thin-skinned grape with large berries, which is in need of lots of sunlight and heat to reach its full maturity. It thrives in well-irrigated and well-drained soils. But, it also produces uneven crops in less than ideal years and is susceptible to rot in cool and wet conditions. It is very sensitive to frost.

In 1868, Professor Pouet introduced Malbec from Bordeaux to Argentina. In the warm and dry South American climates, it flourished and was soon thriving throughout Argentina and Chile.

Like most popular grapes, Malbec goes under many different names (currently more than fifty) but there a few more commonly used than others. In Bordeaux, it is known as "Côt or Pressac". In Alsace and Cahors regions, it is named as "Auxerrois". In Argentina, people call it "Fer". In Portugal, it is referred as "Tinta Amarela". Last but not the least, we sometimes call it as "Portugal Malbec" in Australia.



Long known as one of the six grapes used in the blending of red Bordeaux wine, it creates an intense inky red wine, and often used in blends. It is the dominant red varietal in the Cahors area. Under the Appellation Controlée regulations for Cahors, wines are required to have a minimum 70% of Malbec in content.

Common blends include Malbec blending with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (known as "Claret" in Bordeaux), blending with Gamay and Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley, and blending with Tannat.

The main aromas from a rich Malbec include cherry, plum, raisins, coffee, chocolate, leather and raspberry. The key flavours of a nice Malbec exhibit tastes in plum, cherry, chocolate, dried fruits, and balsamic. When it is ageing in oak, it releases the vanilla aromas and flavours.

Organic Jewellery

Jewellery is a personal ornament which made from gemstones, precious metals or other materials in the form of necklace, ring, or bracelet, etc.

When a piece of jewellery is made from items that were once living or were produced by living organisms, it will be known as "Organic Jewellery".


Starfish Ring by Giovanna Broggian, Mikimoto
Featuring a 12 millimeter Tahitian cultured pearl adorned with diamonds, and
blue sapphires set in 18 karat white gold

The perfect examples of organic jewellery are adornments which are made from amber, coral, ivory, and pearl, etc.
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