Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Retro News: Pinkie Tea Etiquette & Kate's Engagement Ring

What Kate might be doing later: "Finally after all this running around like a headless chicken and getting the last minute things ready for the wedding I could properly sit down here at Starbucks and have my cup of tea all to myself.
Now I need a royal foot massage."
We are just a few days away from The Royal Wedding, and the excitement is in the air! London will be packed with over 1 million visitors from all over the world to observe one of the world's most anticipated wedding of the decade. And while I await for my wedding invitation to arrive ( I think that it somehow got lost in the mail) I am brushing up on my Royal Tea Etiquette. You never know when you will be invited to a high tea or an afternoon tea party at the castle.

One of the questions  that I had about the proper way of drinking tea was,"What to do with my pinkie?"

I have heard several times that the pinkie should be extended. But then I found out that is actually an improper way of holding your tea cup. The proper way to hold your tea cup is by placing your index finger into the handle of the cup up to the knuckle while placing your thumb on the top of the handle to secure the cup. The bottom of the handle should then rest on your third finger. The fourth and fifth fingers should curve back towards your wrist.

Now there is an exception to the rule. If in the course of lifting your tea cup to drink your tea your pinkie may somewhat extend naturally, that would be considered proper. As long as it doesn't look like you are purposely extending it out.

And talking about fingers. All eyes have been on Kate's Middleton's ring finger. Her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana has sparked a worldwide royal ring doubles everywhere. May the real sapphire ring stand up.

The oval sapphire ring is surrounded by 14 rounds of diamonds set in 18k of white gold, cost over $40,000 when Prince Charles purchased it back in 1981. But because it was worn by William's mother, it is priceless.

The maker of the sapphire ring was Garrad & Co. This  luxury jewelry and silver company was founded by George Wickes in London in 1735.

Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers in 1843.  This jewelry company produced numerous pieces of silverware and jewelry for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. In 1911 they created the crown of Queen Mary for her coronation. And they also created the Crown of Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

But then on July 15, 2007 Buckingham Palace, announced that Garrard & Co's services as crown jeweller were no longer required. G. Collins and Sons were appointed as the new Crown Jewellers.

There is an English Proverb that says: "All good things must come to an end."

But, perhaps the future Queen will one day change things and follow Queen Victoria's footsteps and appoint the former jeweler once again and make every lady wear corsets and petticoats again.


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