Catherine de Medici would have swooned (or maybe done a little bit more) for our beautiful Medallion pendant necklace. In either violet or black the necklace is a fabulous composition of many different textures and colors. Starting with a beaded back the necklace transitions to a silk cord, which then holds a round medallion of Swarovski crystals backed in Italian “nappa” leather. BuDhaGirls love tassels and our Medallion pendant is finished with a lavish handmade tassel.
The Medallion pendant is handcrafted in Empoli, Italy exclusively for BuDhaGirl by Atelier Karina Marcela Bijoux. Measures 38” long.
Catherine de Medici believed in the humanist ideal, she was inspired by the example of her father-in-law, King Francis I of France, who had hosted the leading artists of Europe at his court, and by her Medici ancestors. Through most of her life Catherine was surrounded by artists, musicians, architects, writers, and poets.
Catherine loved musical shows in particular, she gradually introduced changes to the traditional entertainments, a distinctive new art form, the ballet de cour, emerged from these creative advances. Owing to its synthesis of dance, music, verse, and setting, the production of the Ballet Comique de la Reine in 1581 is regarded by scholars as the first authentic ballet.
Catherine de' Medici's great love among the arts was architecture. "As the daughter of the Medici," suggests French art historian Jean-Pierre Babelon, "she was driven by a passion to build and a desire to leave great achievements behind her when she died." After Henry II's death, Catherine set out to immortalize her husband's memory and to enhance the grandeur of the Valois monarchy through a series of costly building projects. These included work on châteaux at Montceaux-en-Brie, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, and Chenonceau. Catherine built two new palaces in Paris: the Tuileries and the Hôtel de la Reine. She was closely involved in the planning and supervising of all her architectural projects.
Mindful Glamour Ritual: Pause. Breathe. Take a moment to think of your favorite art form. Linger in the answer. Then…Go. Be it.
Thought: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas