Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to do during the Retrograde…
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU
The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.
Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac
Two dinners with friends!
(Click on the photos to see the brands)
The backpack takes the load, the Nikes carry the load, the sweater keeps it warm, the linen keeps it cool, the spandex allows flexibility. dievca wore black incase something gets spilled on the plane, plus its forgiving on body type so she didn’t look too sloppy.
Fashion in the submissive’s favor – Spring Summer 2021 Louis Vuitton is offering elegant collars with padlocks and chunky chains:
#1 – The polished LV Edge necklace Cadenas presents an iconic Louis Vuitton signature while embracing a contemporary feel. This piece features a large padlock pendant meticulously engraved with the LV Initials, suspended from a thick link chain. The pendant is opened and closed by pushing the lock.
#2 – With slightly smaller chain links than its sister pieces in the line, this LV Edge necklace MM makes a subtler, though no less striking impression. On this scale, the meticulousness of the Monogram engravings in rows along the links is truly exceptional. An LV Initials-engraved lobster clasp makes a secure and elegant closure.
A bold statement of showing your BDSM leanings in public without anyone the wiser.
Jeanine Payer 18K Gold and Sterling Silver “Viv” Bracelet
A quote that could apply to a slave and their Master/Madame
It is actually the title to a book:
One house, one voice, one heart : native American education at the Santa Fe Indian School.
A delicate 18K gold Sapphire ring brings feminity and a ‘dainty’ feel.
The ring, earrings, bracelet and necklace are available at Wolf & Badger.
MEET THE DESIGNER
Founded in 2019 by Theresa Chen and Kimi Wu, Dainty Dagger provides women the opportunity to own the finest quality jewelry of high caliber without breaking the bank. The goal is to build up our own brand and start a new trend within the industry by changing the concept of how women view fine jewelry and how it could be part of their everyday essentials.
At Dainty Dagger, we set the trend when it comes to unique and astonishing modern jewelry. Combining classy elegance with the toughness and independence of modern women, Dainty Dagger offers pieces to speak for their lifestyle and attitudes. We hope to inspire women to value their own brand of uniqueness.
No matter if you are edgy or girly, you will always find a jewelry piece that perfectly matches yourself.
Lock yourself in 1940’s Elegance
Handmade 14K Vintage Padlock Ring
Size 6 – can be re-sized
Manhattan Vintage online
Subtly show your BDSM leanings,
a daily restraint reminder for the submissive.
With a delightful surprise…
Call on Julian Snelling – the creator of ROSEBUDS in 2002. He developed this extraordinary jewels. The master has left us, and unimaginative vultures have been quick to take over his work; but like all copies, they are only similar in appearance… It is a true jewel that sublimates this intimate part of the body that is the anus. Decorated with a crystal Swarovsky™ or a bronze sculpture, made in France, it gives incomparable pleasure to both men and women…
Available at Coco de Mer – UK and Brigade Mondaine – France.
dievca saw the following photo somewhere – liked the outfit and then focussed on the necklace.
Chains, chunky, YES!
So, dievca went hunting for the necklace and found it could be pre-ordered at http://www.ShopMachete.com
Master was looking for a Birthday gift for His dievca and she told him about the necklace. she also mentioned an anklet.
The chains can be interchanged. The Gold large link can be removed, the anklet added to make a larger necklace – interchangeable parts to make things interesting.
- Heavyweight. 14k Gold & Sterling Silver Plated Brass
- Handmade and engraved logo
- Removable links to add and subtract for a longer necklace or create a bracelet
Some other pieces from the brand:
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, MACHETE is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories for everyday wear. MACHETE is frequently featured with Vogue, Bazaar, Instyle, Atelier Doré, and throughout publications worldwide.
Known for our Tortoise acetate disc earrings and patterns, the cellulose acetate & bio-acetate we source is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate and bio-acetate are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials. All of our jewelry is stored and shipped in custom, eco-friendly UVA zip bags for convenient storing & organizing your MACHETE collections.
Due to the high quality and natural material of our tortoise shell, each pattern is unique and may vary. All of our metals are comprised of recycled brass & ethically sourced silver & gold. Our earring posts are made from hypoallergenic stainless steel, sterling silver, or solid gold.
Jennifer J Matchett, Founder, Designer, and Creative Director of MACHETE, graduated with a degree in Art History from Gainesville, Florida. Inspired by her collections of antique and vintage jewelry, she began creating pieces out of vintage Italian acetate. Jennifer quickly became widely known for her Tortoise acetate disc earrings and was profiled with Vogue in 2017. She currently works alongside her husband Cale, and their small team in the Atlanta area.
MACHETE and its team proudly contribute continued support to the following organizations:
The CFDA Foundation, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, SCAD Design for Sustainability Scholarship, Every Mother Counts, Human Rights First, Global Fund For Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, The Joyful Hearts Foundation, Safe Horizon, End the Backlog, Women’s March, Everytown for Gun Safety, EarthJustice, National Parks Foundation, 1% for the Planet.
MACHETE is committed to being ecologically and environmentally responsible. We work to reduce our impact on the environment by practicing waste reduction in our offices and production area.
dievca’s Mom had a lovely little Tahitian pearl ring for years that she wore on her pinky. She had gotten it from dievca’s Dad when they went on a trip to Hawaii and left the kids with their Slovak Grandparents. Umm, it was a moment when Grandma made cow’s brains and tried to pass them off as scrambled eggs….dievca was 5 years old and still remembers ~
dievca’s Mom lost the lovely green pearl ring.
So, dievca has randomly looked for a replacement on and off throughout the years.
Her latest search started here:
Round! the shape of the pearl should be round.
That knocked this beauty out of contention.
And this one has an asymmetrical setting – nope.
The color of the pearl Mom lost was black-green:
On this one the setting is too high, the pearl is too grey:
dievca was concerned with the quality of the pearl, but not too worried about it.
The green of this pearl is nice and the 14K white gold pops, but that setting is very intricate.
dievca loved this ring, but it was very expensive- from Denmark and not a good replacement for the lost ring.
Again, an interesting setting – but rose gold? Limiting.
So, as dievca was looking at various rings on eBay, the RealReal, Jewelers, etc – she realized that it is hard to find a smaller Tahitian pearl. They run more consistently in the 11 and 12 mm range. dievca was aiming for 8 or 9 mm.
So, the criteria loosely became:
- Round Pearl
- Green color
- Lower profile setting
- Silver-colored band
- Symmetrical band
There are a number of this David Yurman ring out there on the web, but the pearls run from grey to blue and settings are holding a larger pearl. dievca found hers on eBay with an 8mm dark green pearl – it came from a southern Jewelry store.
Not quite Mom’s ring, but Master loves it.
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls’ radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair.
The pearl’s lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
dievca is still on the hunt for Chrissie Hynde’s Collar.
In the meantime, this BLUE NILE sterling silver padlock necklace can add a hint of BDSM to one’s daily Life.
This edgy, BLUE NILE, sterling silver necklace has a working padlock that functions as the clasp.
Wear it layered or on its own, this necklace is a fun and stylish flair in your wardrobe.
Perhaps not subtle – but an elegant way to honor your Sir or Madam with Style. Something that can be a signature piece with a hidden BDSM message. Ranging from 100 Euro to 500 Euro. Made in France.
A Parisienne of South African heritage, Annelise Michelson founded her eponymous brand in 2012, immediately positioning herself as a free spirit in the highly codified world of high-end jewelry. Couture-esque, her collections are at once glamorous and sculptural… An artist first and foremost, she sees her pieces like talismans, loaded with beauty and channeling strength and self-confidence. Her jewels aren’t just ‘accessories’, they are designed to dress the wearer, placing design and inspired volumes firmly in the spotlight. From the very beginning, Annelise’s bold vision resonated with many including the likes of Rihanna, Juliette Binoche, Zoe Kravitz, Robin Wright, and Leandra Cohen, allowing the house to blossom quickly. Constantly evolving and growing, today Annelise Michelson counts more than ten collections to its name including the evocatively titled Drapée, Déchaînée, Wire and Vertigo capsules.
1.) The Bible:
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6
2.) The Comic Strip
3.) The Canadian Jewelry Company
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE MANIFESTS VIA A COUNTER-RESEARCH MODEL THAT EXPLORES DEFECTED PRECIOUS METALS AND PEARLS. PURITY IS A UBIQUITOUS FACET OF QUANTIFICATION WITHIN TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS OF THE FINE JEWELLERY SECTOR. THE CURRENT CLIMATE IS A CONGLOMERATE OF BRANDS FABRICATING JEWELLERY AT MASS. PBS STANDS AS ONE OF THE FEW ARTISANAL JEWELLERY BRANDS, HANDCRAFTING EACH PIECE FROM VANCOUVER, BC, USING DEFUNCT APPARATUS PRESENT IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND CORPORATE COSMETIC DENTISTRY
dievca chooses #3
Delicate, elegant, inexpensive
Soft Ball Chain Ring by Gabriela Artigas
14K Gold – white, yellow, rose
A bold statement of submission.
Welcome to the year of the Rat!
When a Rat Year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favorable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined, and resolute.
click on photos for brand
A Lock in BDSM:
- a tool used in bondage
- a symbol of a relationship between Dominant and submissive
- a subtle message of being owned
From Rats to Riches!
Starting to feel the Sparkly of the Holidays~
Perhaps there will be an NYC sparklyrat…with Oscar de la Renta to help.
Available at Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, ShopBop and Fwrd.com
Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. Clear Quartz is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. Clear Quartz protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain
The J. Hannah Glacé collection pairs quartz with gold, exploring the limits of shape within our signature lens of timelessness and wearability. The resulting collection feels equal parts modern statement and relics that could belong to any era.
Large Quartz rock crystal inlay set into solid gold or silver ring. Available in White, Yellow or Rose 14k Gold and Silver.
This quartz is ethically sourced in Brazil and custom cut in the historic jewelry district of Bangkok by a female-led lapidary. This piece is produced locally in Los Angeles using 100% recycled gold and silver that is certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council and SCS Global Services to be ethically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
Quartz rock crystal hoop earrings with solid gold or silver end caps and hinge closure. Available in solid 14k gold and sterling silver. Sold as pair.
May we find some clarity gracefully.
A lunch date at the Met.
What does a submissive wear?
What will Master’s dievca wear?
she cannot think…
she’s out of practice…
she just cleared out her closet…
Not to panic, there has to be something in there:
Thanks for helping dievca think it through.
And Master just reminded dievca – no toys in the bag. Bag check. XO
Not only can jade save you from disaster, but it is purportedly that it can protect you from evil, attract love and, of course, bring good luck… Jade is an ornamental stone, considered the imperial gem in ancient China and used for centuries to make weapons, tools, jewelry and other decorative pieces
Now offered as a Collar: from Loren Stewart:
Loren Stewart LA – Jade Link Choker $640 (click link)
Definition of jade
A Sapphire Personality:
A Sapphire loves socializing, they’re the life of the party, and they are motivated by fun. They like to be around a lot of people.
They love variety interacting with others. They never see the negative side of a situation. They love recognition. In fact, they will work harder for recognition than they ever will for money.
From Sapphires, we can learn to not be so serious and that life can be fun if we let it.
However, Sapphires can improve by understanding not everyone is as positive as them. Sapphires often hurt other people’s feeling by seeming to not care, when really they’re just looking at the positive side of things
Sapphire is one of the two gem-varieties of corundum, the other being ruby (defined as corundum in a shade of red). The iron pigment in the corundum makes sapphire blue, while the chromium element in rubies makes them red. Sapphire actually has a range of colors, from blue to yellow to green to orange-pink including gray and black and they can be colorless. Colorless sapphires are occasionally used as a substitute for diamonds in jewelry. A pinkish orange variety of sapphire is called padparadscha.
Sapphire is said to be the wisdom stone, stimulating concentration, enhancing creativity and promoting purity and depth of thought. It is believed to focus and calm the mind as well as remove unwanted thoughts, depression and mental tension. It is known as the stone of new love and commitment and is claimed to be useful in encouraging faithfulness and loyalty. Sapphire is thought to bring peace of mind, serenity, and prosperity.
Sapphire (8.6 ct)
Made in the USA
Diameter: 4.25in / 10.5cm
Circumference: 13.35 inches
Available at Shopbop
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Launched nearly 30 years ago as the result of what she calls “an accident”, Suzanne Kalan’s namesake fine jewelry label has nonetheless gone on to achieve worldwide renown. Though the brand is most well-known for its award-winning Fireworks collection, all Suzanne Kalan jewelry is rendered exclusively in the best available gold and gemstones. Thanks to her commitment to a fiercely independent artistic vision, Kalan’s work is, like that of all great designers, often imitated but never replicated.
dievca is born in September and the sapphire describes her personality. This lovely collar would express her Joy in D/s nicely. Too bad she has such a “thick” neck. XO
For she doth make my veins and pulses tremble.”
― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
London-based designer Rosh Mahtani read French and Italian at Oxford University before establishing Alighieri, and it’s her studies of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ that the brand takes its name from and that inspires her collections.
- Clasp fastening at back
- Freshwater pearls: Singapore
- Made in England
If “merde” doesn’t speak for you – there is something a bit more…ummm… direct. F*ck!
The health benefits of swearing include increased circulation, elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control, and well-being.
Or you can avoid swearing and get a little good luck or grooviness:
cuff, collar, o-ring
Simple, elegant -a hint of BDSM
Open House Projects Jewelry
Open House Projects jewelry is designed by Monika Wyndham in New York. Designs usually start their lives as sketches on paper and are eventually carved in wax somewhere between the Catskills and New York City. New work is often made at odd hours, and sometimes in hotels, on picnic benches, and in cars. Open House jewelry often features moving parts, pieces that fit together in satisfying ways, and design elements with utility like handmade clasps and closures. Our aim is to make design objects with integrity that feel good to wear and are nice to interact with. We respect the inimitable nature of something that is made by hand.
We are glad to work closely with family-owned businesses and skilled jewelers in New York City to take each of our designs from concept to completion. Our pieces are cast in certified recycled metals using the lost wax method
Alienina’s woven rope-inspired bags are handcrafted in Italy using environmentally sustainable practices. The materials used for Alienina jewelry are sailing and mountain climbing cords, cotton wicks for oil lamps, resin commonly used in car parts, fabric and straps used for blinds. 90% of the materials are production waste, washable and non-toxic.
Another subtle way to show your BDSM leanings in Public.
And the bag that dievca bought on Need Supply Co. to accent her summer wardrobe:
Are you missing the spelling application that was a part of WordPress? dievca is, she would hit the “ABC” button on a post prior to scheduling…. There’s no more button.
Is anyone else having a problem with their spelling?
dievca did notice that her ‘furtile immagination” should have been ‘fertile imagination’ and she’s sure that she has missed more items. Please let her know if you spot misspellings or rotten grammar.
dievca did turn on her Google Chrome spelling option. Maybe it will help.
Until something happens know that…
dievca had to run to SoHo for a gift that could only be bought in a store located there. she rarely goes to that neighborhood and decided that she would wander into a few places that are not normally on her radar. Also, she would allow herself to splurge if she found something amazing.
Peter Hermann — a great leather handbag store
BREYDO — luxury fragrances, body care, candles – where she needed to buy the gift
A.P.C. — clothing brand from France
Bershka — inexpensive clothing, Spain
Maison Close — Lingerie
Two stores that closed:
dievca stopped by COS, & Other Stories, Agent Provocateur, Karl Lagerfeld, Camper, Wolford plus Intermix on the way thru~
After seeing nothing interesting to buy, dievca was feeling smug — until her eyes were caught by a jewelry boutique window which offered a significant chain necklace on black velvet.
It was stunning.
she stepped in to the store and there were many lovely items which hinted at BDSM – chains, handcuffs, etc.
dievca was enticed by a simple chain ring design that came in three finishes:
As dievca was paying, she realized that she had written a blog post in 2014 about this Brazilian jewelry designer, Jack Vartanian. At that time. the pieces he offered were all 14K and 18K gold — beautiful and expensive. The pieces that dievca bought are sterling silver with 18K and rhodium finishes. Much less expensive, but still beautiful.
Check out the other pieces:
Black and White photos:
Client Jack Vartanian
Creative Direction Ines Néspoli
Photography Henrique Gendre
Model Cassia Ávila
Beauty Cris Biato
Retouch Matias Sinigoi
RUDDOCK – VONNIE BANGLE
A close-fitting cuff which reminds you of the feel of your Master or Mistress’ BDSM cuffs?
Or hands gripping your wrists?
A lovely way to hold a piece of your submission during the day.
CAST IN 18 CARAT GOLD PLATED BRONZE. HAND CARVED AND FINISHED, POLISHED TO A HIGH SHINE.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN SOLID STERLING SILVER, OR ROSE GOLD PLATED BRONZE.
SIZE GUIDE – APPROX CIRCUMFERENCE WHEN CLOSED
S/M 17.5 CM (6.89 inches)
M/L 19 CM (7.48 inches)
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