Leda

About a week before Christmas I came across this necklace at Vanha’s xmas fair (huge fair held every year in Helsinki with loads of handmade goods). Another customer was trying to decide between this one and another similar necklace and I listened to the woman who had made them explain the pictures. Both neclaces featured pictures from Leonardo Da Vinci paintings, the other one being a detail from “Virgin of the Rocks”, which was also lovely. But the woman on this necklace is Leda, a character of Greek Mythology and the picture a detail from this drawing. I was already hoping that the other customer would choose the one with the Virgin on it and after I heard this name “Leda” I almost had to hold my breath, waiting for her to decide…

Leda Metamorphosa

This beautiful vintage creme jar was a Chritmas gift from my Pasi. I love, love, love it! A perfect addition to my little vintage boxes in which I like to keep my jewellery. I tried to find information about A. Raphael Paris and his Créme Metamorphosa but had no luck whatsoever. I haven’t seen a jar like this before. If you happen to come across anything similar online, please let me know, I would really appreciate it!

Good fortune was on my side and I was eventually able to buy this gorgeous necklace. I knew the minute I saw it that it would become my new good luck charm. There was something so extremely captivating about the way it looked…

I knew nothing about this Leda character other than that her name was close enough to mine! Later I dug out the information that Leda was a Spartan queen who was seduced by Zeus disguised as a swan… Ok, right, well, among her children were the brothers Castor and Pollux and this was another coincidence beside the name Leda. Castor and Pollux are the twins who have given the name to the constellation of Gemini, my star sign! Castor is also one of the brighest stars in the nighttime sky, which suits me perfectly as I’m a complete night owl. With that said, it’s almost three a.m., I’m still up and about and I have to go to work in just a few hours… So, enough about the lovely coincidences. Good Night!

8 thoughts on “Leda

  1. violet says:

    Tuo on kaunis. En ihmettele että pulssi nousi kun pelkäsit jonkun toisen ostavan sen…Olen usein miettinyt osaisinko tehdä samalla tekniikalla jotakin sillä haluaisin yhdistää kuvia ja koruja tähän tapaan. Tai haluaisin tehdä pieniä tauluja tällä systeemillä..
    Osaatko sinä kertoa mitä materiaalia tuo reunus on ja miten voisin tehdä jotakin tuollaista???

  2. M. says:

    Tiedätkö, olen lukenut blogiasi sen alusta asti ja ihaillut kauniita korukuviasi. Nyt hämmästyinkin kovasti, kun löysin blogistasi täsmälleen samanlaisen korun, joka minulla on. Ostin sen itse myös Vanhan joulumessuilta (itse asiassa avomieheni osti minulle lahjaksi) ja siinä on juuri tuo sama Ledan kuva sekä samanlainen peili alla.

    Hauskaa, että minäkin pohdin Ledan rinnalla tuota toista da Vincin maalausta. En kuitenkaan oletettavasti ole mainitsemasi toinen paikalla ollut asiakas, sillä päädyin kuitenkin Ledaan.

  3. mags says:

    A charming story, a charming frame with the very sensual painting!
    (The jar reminds me of stg, I’ll check it out and come back if there’ll be anything to mention 🙂 )

  4. Romina says:

    Lovely story! I love coincidences!! Good night sweety 🙂

  5. Thanks for the charming comments dear friends!

    Violet: Voi kun tietäisinkin salaisuudet tuon korun tekemisen taustalta. Tekijä taisi sanoa, että reunuksen matsku on korutinaa, vai oliko korutinan ja hopean seos. Ja tinasta oli lyijy poistettu, että ei allergisoi. Kuvan päällä on lasi ja alempana roikkuu tosiaan peili. Varmaan jostain askartelu- tai koruntekokirjoista saa lisäohjeita tuollaisiin koruihin. Tämän tekijän nimi meni täysin ohi, koska ei hänellä ollut käyntikortteja ja seuraava asiakas hengitti niskaan…

    M: Hauskaa sattumaa koko keissi! Minäkin sain lopulta tämän lahjaksi avomieheltäni! Ihana koru tuo on, tykkään siitä aivan valtavasti!

  6. I love that piece it looks so solid and aged. I love all those bizarre myths! They are just fantastic. I have a series I have been working on revolving around some of those fabulous stories.
    The jar is just incredibly stunning! Gorgeous – what amazing taste Pasi has!

  7. Aren’t you clever, the story, the necklace, the way you have displayed the necklace! It is always a pleasure to see your creativity at work!

  8. tovorinok says:

    Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!

    Bye

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