Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Oh My Gaud

It's happened twice now and I have to scream it out!

During the STA show on Sunday, a mother and daughter were shopping at our table. Mom was admiring the chandeliers for herself when her daughter piped up and said, "No mom, big earrings are gaudy".

I bit my tongue as I flicked my head so that my fabulous chandeliers jingled and shimmered. Mom settled for a classic and conservative vintage crystal set. They left unscathed.

Today, I asked my friend Christine, who created our website and business cards, what jewelry would she like Jesee to design for her. I suggested, perhaps some big chandeliers? She practically squawked, "You know me, I don't wear big gaudy earrings". (sorry Chris, but this amused me)

Again, I'm wearing my fabulous chandeliers. Did I mention FABULOUS? Needless to say, I didn't bite my tongue this time.


Crikey, a lightbulb went off...is there a connection between gaudy and Gaudí?

Here's the Wikipedia definition:

Gaudy is a term used to describe anything as showy in a tasteless or vulgar way. Coined from the architect Antonio Gaudí who designed eccentric and elaborately grotesque buildings in the twentieth century.

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (June 25 1852 – June 10, 1926) was a Spanish architect famous for his unique style and highly individualistic designs.

Being that both Jesee and I are appreciative fans of Sr Gaudí, we'll take the gaudy comments muchisimas gracias.

La Sagrada Familia - Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona