Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Lady Penelope's Lucky Birthstones

A quick meander through a few more pages of Lady Penelope's Xmas 1968 Fab Club annual and here we have another jewellery related article. She really is a girl after my own heart with all her jewellery talk although, I have to admit, she beats me hands down on the wardrobe stakes. Mind you, a tiara and fur would not look out of place in very glamorous Ilkley. Lady P has a different take on lucky birthstones. As far as she's concerned it not the month in which you were born but, rather, the date.

Born on the 1st, 10th, 19th or 28th: Lucky birthstone - topaz
Born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th, 29th: Lucky birthstone - moonstone
Born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st, 30th: Lucky birthstone - amethyst
Born on the 5th, 14th, 23rd: Lucky birthstone - diamond (and how lucky are these dates!)
Born on the 6th, 15th, 24th: Lucky birthstone - turquoise
Born on the 7th, 16th or 25th: Lucky birthstone - aquamarine (that's me)
Born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd, 31st: Lucky birthstone - crystal (oh dear, never mind)
Born on the 8th, 17th, 26th: Lucky birthstone - onyx
Born on the 9th, 18th, 27th: Lucky birthstone - ruby

Hope you get the birthstone you want if not the birthstone you wer meant to have!

Opals Are A Girl's Worst Friend?

Just a short post today, more of a postette, but I had to share this with you about opals. Continuing with the nostalgia theme, I was ferreting through my girlhood Christmas annuals (I know, but it was a rainy day) when I came across some opal superstitions in my Lady Penelope Fab Club annual - a gift from my parents Xmas 1968. Yes, I am that old. So with acknowledgement to Lady Penelope, here goes:

Alphonso XII, King of Spain, gave his wife a priceless opal on their wedding day: she died shortly after. Before the funeral Alphonso gave the opal to his sister - she dies a few days later. He then gave the opal to his sister-in-law - dead within three months! Rather bravely, or some might say foolishly, Alphonso decided to wear it himself in a determined effort to prove the opal was not fated and, yup! you've guessed it he died shortly after. On his death the opal came into the possession of the Queen Regent who, rather than risk a premature death, hung the jewel around the statue of the Virgin of Almudena in Madrid.

Lady P goes on to give the recipes for Toffee Apples and Baked Alaska Slices with Nuts. If you really want them, contact me.