Baubles, Bangles, Bright Shiny Beads

Ok, this is a post of sheer self indulgence. I’ve been looking at trinkets, gewgaws, baubles and what have you’s at the S’ant Ambrogio flea market. And I find them quite delicious.


Up to now I have at least tried to make my maunderings have some kind of cultural and critical context. This one is just about stuff that I think looks nice.

But I might be in good company.





“Colour is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face. Nothing is more elegant than a black skirt and sweater worn with a sparkling multi-stoned necklace.”

Christian Dior – he liked the happy, shiny stuff – especially against a tasteful black background.




There is almost an embarrassment of riches.





Baubles, bangles,
Hear how they jing, jing-a-ling-a,
Baubles, bangles,
Bright, shiny beads.
Sparkles, spangles,
My heart will sing, sing-a-ling-a,
Wearing baubles, bangles and beads.
I’ll glitter and gleam so,
Make somebody dream so,
That someday he may buy me,
A ring, ring-aling-a,
I’ve heard that’s where it leads,
Wearing baubles and bangles and beads.

From Kismet , by Wright and Forrest, with music by Borodin, from the original play by Edward Knoblock.




The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.

Salvador Dali


Yes. I guess that’s it.



About pennimania

Artist, entomologist, grumbler.
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