LES TRESORS DE TANGER
I have been eying this cuff in the window of a jeweler in the medina of Tangier Morocco, for the longest time. As a matter of fact, on our yearly girls' week in June, all 6 of us tried it on. It is a VERY expensive piece -by Moroccan standards not Barney's, of course-: corrugated sterling silver- the deep curves in a dark antiqued finish and the protruding "ropes" shined to perfection, with pear and navette shaped Aquamarine stones nestled in the "valleys" of the bracelet. (I photographed it on my last trip 10 days ago on top of a nearby electric meter in front of a cracked cement wall to the utter amazement of the nervous but hopeful jeweler. He now smiles, half expectant, half resigned, when he sees us gawking admiringly, once again, through the window of his tiny shop.)
None of us went for it in June, not even the most unrestrained among us.
And there are a few.
It is, after all, a piece to wear only on special occasions; it's large volume, it's look-at-me style.. not something to wear to the office everyday. (you know how sometimes you justify a relatively outrageous purchase by calculating it's price to times-worn ratio; you do that, don't you?)
Plus, it was hinted that it is a piece for tall girls...thank you for rubbing it in, girls.
I wonder if it will still be in the window next time I go; there is another one just like it but with deep red garnets instead of Aquamarines...
Aie aie aie!