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War. Soldiers in trenches. Grime. Horror. Body parts. Bam. Pow. Crash.
The world is collapsing. It's all over. The end is in sight. That buddy
of yours with whom you had been playing cards with last week is gasping
for air through the hole in his chest. Explosions fill the air. The
terrain is dense with enemy soldiers. You pull out a weapon shaped a
bit like the pomegranate from which this weapon derived its name. It's
a grenade...designed for short range fighting from the trenches. You
throw it. Screams of agony fill the air. You are a member of the British
Royal Fusiliers. You are fighting for your life...as is--parenthetically
I ask you this my friends. Is there a topic or an item to which one will
not lend oneself when in the process of creating jewelry? Nay nay ol'
buddies. There ain't no such item. The hand grenade is one example. I
have a graphic of a diamond hand grenade brooch--year of manufacture
is not given--which was designed as a Diamond Royal Fusiliers Brooch.
While the grenade can trace its history back to the 15th century...it
came into prominence during World War One. That said...I give you some
salient facts. The year...1914...and a bit thereafter. World War One
breaks out. Jack Johnson...a black boxer...successfully defends his
heavyweight title. In Cleveland Ohio, motorists obey the first traffic
signal installed in the United States. Edgar Rice Burroughs creates a
new folk hero named Tarzan. Tar-zan...for those who don't know...means
white skin in gorilla talk. See what you learn when you read Tidbits.
And shortly thereafter...Cartier creates the diamond grenade. Whoopee!
Is there a punch line to this folks. Nope. But it does stimulate the
imagination. Let's have a contest for the most original use to which
one can put a piece of jewelry. How about a body part my friends. A
dismembered arm perhaps...belonging to a long dead soldier. Made out
of gold of course. We could call it "The Golden Arm Without The Man."
Move over Fleming...you got competition. Anyone want to join in? Just
for kicks? A bayonet perhaps...the steel blade studded with rubies
symbolizing the *** of an enemy. Yeahhh. I like that. Come one...
come all...create your jewels for the millennia...and submit them to
Tyler-Adam Corp. And who said the macabre didn't have a place in
the Society of Jewels? Not me...that's for sure.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits...may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will scroll
down the table menu till you get to the box that says Tidbits...and
the box where it says Tidbit Graphics...click on the link that says:
Grenade...where you will see the graphic of the Royal Fusiliers Brooch.
And there ya have it.
That's it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
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