New Arrival: Hematite Poison Ring

First of all, the Labradorite ring I posted yesterday was already sold!

Fortunately, I have a few more interesting rings to share with you, and I'm sure that among my collection you'll find just the right one to store your favourite scents...

Today I want to talk about this special Hematite ring. I always was fascinated by hematite - what looks like both a metal and a stone... For the first time ever, I found a poison ring with that stone, and I'm excited to share it with you!

Hematite in nature looks very much like the rock in the above image. My stepfather found something similar in the Sinai desert and I always thought it was very neat: it looked like a sculpture and no one could tell if it's a rock or metal (it kind of is both...)!

Hematite is, in fact, a mineral - an iron oxide, to be exact. It occurs in reaction to water, and therefore, when it was discovered on Mars in 2001, this was a sign that there was (and perhaps still is) water on that planet.

The name for hematite is from aima, the Greek word for blood ((αἷμα), which is because sometimes hematite is red. Red hematite is what was originally used for lipstick or rouge.

So here is the Hematite ring for you!
Hematite was very popular in Victorian era, and this ring has a bit of both the Victorian and ethnic feel to it. It is brand new, and I think (by the looks and the design, with my relatively short acquaintance with styles of poison rings in the past 3 years of collecting them), it was most likely made in Indonesia.

I am excited to fill it up with a perfume of choice for the one person who buys it (I only have one of each of these rings - each one I consider to be a lucky find!)
I recommend a perfume that feel both cool and strong, especially - Vetiver Racinettes, Palas Atena or l'Herbe Rouge.

Perfumed Collectibles: Viola Compact

I am pleased to announce my first Perfumed Collectibles auction, with the tender creme parfum of Viola. This is a violet flower soliflore. Violet flower is an essence that is cost prohibitive and is not available on the market. It is, however, possible to reconstruct this scent using only natural essences. And this is what I did in Viola. Notes of violet leaf absolute and the creamiest, softest orris butter (iris palida essential oil) from Italy were combined to recreate the scent of violet flowers, and amplify the tenderness of this unique humble-looking flower. Other notes include tonka bean, ylang ylang, vanilla and rose.

The lovely compact was made in Murano, Italy. The lid is made of porcelain and is silk screend with an image of Parma Violets, making it a perfect vessel for this particular perfume! The base (or "bowl" of the compact is made of stainless steel and has a spring closure mechanism. It is filled with 1/4oz (7.5ml) creme parfum of Viola, in a base of jojoba oil and organic, unbleached beeswax.

The starting bid: $90

At least 20% of the final sale price, or at least $20 of this auction will be give to charity causes to help the citizens of New Orleans re-build their lives and the city after the Katrina Hurricane. That means that that higher you bid, the more we'll be able to donate.
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