Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What’s In A Name? Part 3

By the Green Queen

In the first installment of “What’s In A Name?”, I mentioned how the Diamond Nexus jewelry pieces named for ‘80s pop songs were all named before I began working here.  However, there are a couple pieces that I did name after songs.

Like the Copacabana.

Copacabana Necklace

Originally, this gorgeous pearl and Diamond Nexus necklace was called “Lola” because the Y-shape drop made me think of the line “…and a dress cut down to there…” from the song “Copacabana.”  (Note that this was for an older prototype of the necklace, which had a much longer drop.  The final version is shorter and doesn’t…*ahem*…run into problem areas with its length.)  However, shortly before the necklace’s online debut, I remembered that we already had a “Lola” – the Lola engagement ring.  (Remember, there are almost 700 uniquely named items on our website.  Sometimes I forget a couple.)  Since we had to change the name in a rush, I changed it to the title of the song that I’d had stuck in my head when I named it the first time: “Copacabana.”

Speaking of songs stuck in my head…there’s the Black Magic.

Black Magic Engagement Ring

We have another ring called Fever, which was named before I started working here.  Every time I see that ring, I get the song “Fever” by Peggy Lee stuck in my head.

When I saw this new ring with a halo around a Princess cut stone, it reminded me of the design of the “Fever” ring.  So I decided to name it after the other jazz love song that always gets stuck in my head: “That Old Black Magic.”

Some references are a little bit more subtle, though.  Such as Belleville.

This stackable set includes three rings that can be worn together as one for a modern, youthful look.  I started playing around the idea of “three” with this one: trios, triads, triplets, etc.  It was when I thought of “triplets” that I then thought of the 2003 film The Triplets of Belleville, which I adore, and which happens to have a really kicking jazz number by the same name.  This stackable set became a little nod to that.

But inspiration doesn’t only come from jazz music.  Take the Elise.

Elise Engagement Ring

When I saw this ring, I knew I wanted a really romantic name for it.   Between the millgraine detailing and draped look of the band, it reminded me of 18th century European grandeur.  I imagined a glorious ballroom, like the ones sometimes used by wealthy music patrons to hold private concerts.  This got me thinking about Beethoven in particular, which then made me think of the song “Für Elise.”  I’ve always wondered who Elise was and why Beethoven wrote such a lovely song for her.  (There are many theories on this subject, but no conclusive answer.)  Since this song was written during the Romantic Era, it seemed even more appropriate for the name of the ring.

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