Thursday, 16 January 2014


The enthusiastic academic has a passion for ballet
and just before Christmas she had a spare ticket
for 'Jewels' at the Royal Opera House
so I persuaded her to let me join her.

Oh! It was such a divine evening.
Everything about a night at the Royal Opera House is perfect.
You walk through the lights and bustle of Covent Garden
and into the very grand gilt and plush lobby.

The first thing to do is go up to the top bar
and celebrate your escape into this fantasy world.
Then you settle down in your seat, high in the Gods,
clasp your hands with excitement and the music begins.

We were fortunate enough to watch
Steven McRae partner Sarah Lamb in Rubies.
The enthusiastic academic was in raptures
as these two dancers 'blazed' across the stage.

The dazzling design and intricate choreography of 'Jewels'
was inspired by a visit to Van Cleef & Arpels
and is reminiscent of Art Deco jewellery:
the bold designs, geometric shapes, extravagant size.

We met a friend of the enthusiastic academic in the bar
and she confessed that going to the ballet is her vice.
I confess that lusting after Art Deco rings is my vice
but I am happy to settle for a night at the ballet.


  1. Oh those beautiful rings, stunning. I wouldn't mind a trip to the ballet or Van Cleef & Arpels. Glad you had such a good evening.

  2. Ooo. What twinkliness, what decadence and what fun. Ax

  3. Both, but paired together it must be bliss.

  4. Liz in Missouri USAJanuary 16, 2014

    Oh, lovely time!!! Yes - I would say Art Deco ANYTHING falls onto my vice list - especially if it sparkles - or is Lalique.

  5. i would like the top one, please, with the emeralds...*sigh*
    My favorite pair of earrings are a family heirloom of that long ago time.

  6. I missed this post - how did I do so when it is so full of sparkly beauty?! The rings are utterly beautiful.


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