G-d Protects Us – Happy 2018!

So I took this photo in a Jewelry store in Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem. 


All these beautiful hamsas!


Hamsas are traditional symbols of G-d’s protection and to ward off the evil. 


These were some very beautiful ones. 


Some say that it is symbolic of the hand of Miriam, Moses’ sister, raised in a protective stance over the people. 


Five fingers are like the five books of the Torah and a reminder to use all five of our senses in worshipping and praising G-d. 


Talking to someone yesterday about surviving in the face of some very difficult challenges, she said to me:

“Remember, just because the adversary is powerful, you are the David to the Goliath!”


With G-d’s help and blessings, even a little David can slay the giant evil Goliath. 


For the New Year of 2018 and forward, G-d should bless us and protect us, shine his face upon us and be gracious unto us, lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace!  


The L-rd is the ultimate strength and justice and in front of Him no evil will stand. 


Our faith may be tested, but from it, we will come out smarter, stronger, and better souls, as G-d teaches us to look always to the Heavens where all good emanates. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Apple Watch M~A~N~I~A

Apple Watch Mania

The Apple (Smart) Watch doesn’t go on sale for another 2 weeks…


But the Apple stores are streaming with excited customers already.


There are displays lined with the watches from the sports model to the stainless steel and even the 24-karat gold ones.


Ask the Apple salesperson and they’ll set you up at the next table for an associate to help you try on the watches including the 38 cm and 42 cm displays and various fashionable bands. 


They have this cute little rag to shine up the watch displays before you try them on over these black mats, just as if you are in a fancy jewelry store sampling diamond rings or something. 


I’ll tell you, while there is plenty of well-founded skepticism about these ranging from their not being a killer app to their inherent obsolescence (the battery is like 6 quarters thick on this version), and the watches are NOT intuitive to use, people are STILL going to buy these just to be stay current with the changing technology. 


Right now, I’m pressing down on the display (in my mind) and sending my heart beats to Apple for another transformative technology move.


One of my favorites on this watch is using the voice control to send text messages…Dick Tracy eat your heart out. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Diamonds and Opals

Ring
I just wanted to share this photo of a beautiful ring I found in Santa Fe. 



I like the big diamond in the middle surrounded/lined on both sides by more diamonds.



What seemed really special was that it was inlaid in a setting of beautiful blue, green, and red opal gemstones. 



I asked the jeweler how much this ring was…



Couldn’t believe the price tag for this was $35,000!



Probably a little steep for most people, and not exactly traditional, but in my mind, it was definitely a stand out. 😉

Now That’s A Plug

Plugs
So I see this young man with these large things in his earlobes. 



I turn to my wife and daughter and ask if they think it would be okay for me to ask him about them.



After the look at him and me a couple of times back and forth, I get the nod, okay. 



First, I had no idea those disks in his ears were called plugs.



(Now I’m a Jewish kid from the Bronx, and to me earplugs are what I use for swimming!)



I asked innocently, “How did you get your lobes that big?”



He then described this process where you start with an earring in your earlobe and over time, you stretch the hole with larger and larger insets.



He had been doing this for 8 years, but confessed that his holes could’ve been much larger by now.



I asked, “Do you ever take them out?”



He told me sure at night, and for showering, swimming, etc. 



Curious, I inquired what he does about the big flappy earlobes when the plugs aren’t in.



The young man said, “It’s no problem….it just hangs there.”



At this point, I thank him for talking with me, but now am laughing at the conversation as I read it over, and happy to be a little innocent and even naive to some things. 😉



 (Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lucky Earrings

Lucky Earrings
My daughter found these lucky European earrings today from France.

 
– Queen of diamond playing cards
 
– Roll of the dice take your chance
 
– Lucky in love hearts
 
– Spicy green lucky charm hot peppers
 
Reminds me of something a colleague told me the other day about when your ears ring…it’s right for love, and left for spite. 
 
Anyway, thought this was pretty good luck just finding these special earrings. 😉

A Jewelry Kiss

Kisses
I really like these Hershey’s chocolate…earrings!



No, they are not really made out of chocolate., but they are in the shape of chocolate kisses!



There are different colors based on the gemstones of the person’s birth month. 



There are also similarly rings and necklaces in the shape of the Hershey Kisses.



What a nice way to tell someone you love them and give them a jeweled, if not chocolate, kiss. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Ushering In 2014

Ushering In 2014

As we usher in 2014, I thought this amazing Fendi Jewel Watch for women was a great timekeeping way to capture the moment.

I took this photo in the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas.

There was a huge advertisement hanging by the lobby, and it immediately caught my eye.

I like the different colored stones for each hour around the dial, as well as the overall white diamond ring around the face.

I found it at their website for $3,000 and it is an absolutely gorgeous timepiece when you first see it.

But it’s interesting to me that while it catches my eye, the more I look it, I find that I start to tire of it, and it is not one of those truly timeless jewelry pieces.

Maybe an important lesson for the New Year is that we need to look closely and carefully to avoid expensive buyers remorse, because not everything that glitters is gold–in fact, this watch is stainless. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)