A little while ago I discovered Sleeping Beauty turquoise. I must admit to never having been a great fan of turquoise, but when I saw Sleeping Beauty Turquoise (from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona) I was transfixed. So I invested a few hundred dollars into a strand of these creamy, sky blue gems. And I held onto them for a while, not daring to use them for anything un-spectacular.
Then I came across a Georgian era snuff box. I don’t take snuff, myself. Maybe I would have taken it if I lived in the 18th century. But I loved the snuff box as soon as I saw it – just the word – ‘snuff’ – is very Georgian and dandy.
This snuff box is quite ingenious in its design. It’s ornate, and of a perfect size to use on a necklace. There is a little button on the front, and when you press it a primitive, but very effective, mechanism sets off a little lever that opens the lid. It’s a perfect example of early mechanics and still works as well today as it did when it was made.
Here is what I did with it.