I know I say this all the time, but I have the coolest job ever. Some of the people we meet and some of the things we're invited to should not really be considered work at all. On that note. . . .
Last week, we attended an afternoon bridal tea at Cartier for a chat with Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style, & Heritage. In addition to sharing interesting historical facts about the company (did you know Cartier pioneered the use of platinum in the early 20th century?), he also offered some gift ideas for brides.
One idea was to create a "wedding basket." Like the dowry and hope chests of old (but a bit more upscale), these baskets are to be filled with trinkets from family members, including all the jewelry the bride would wear or need over her lifetime. We were told it was a common practice of royal families in the early 1900s.
As we sat amongst amazing jewels, sipping on tea, and nibbling on petits fours, I decided it was quite a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.