|Chanel Gripoix glass butterfly pin|
The other day I was walking up and down Madison Avenue visiting different stores doing research for an article I'm writing about jewelry and I passed the Chanel boutique. I had some time between other store appointments so I decided to go in and look around. I caught some mother-daughter drama going on as a mom was buying a bag for her lucky daughter who was probably around college age. The daughter was trying to decide between a classic large 2.55 in a beautiful shade of blue and some ugly olive green hippie bag that was awful (sorry Chanel, but it was). The mother was trying to get her to buy the classic and the daughter was getting cranky. The daughter was asking every salesperson in the store which one she should get and she even had a friend stop in to ask her advice. Everyone told her to get the 2.55, except her friend who said "it depends what you're going to use it for." I suppose if you're planning a trip to 1967 the hobo would come in handy, but in any other circumstance you grab the 2.55. Thankfully the daughter chose the classic 2.55 that she will use for a lifetime vs the hobo style bag that will end up in the back of her closet in a year. The whole scene was kind of fun to watch and reminded me of shopping with my mother, except that my mother didn't take me to Chanel to shop. While I was watching this play out I was looking in the display cases and two pieces of jewelry caught my eye: a diamond shaped pearl ring that had an Indian look and a Gripoix glass rainbow colored butterfly pin. The ring was very pretty, but the butterfly's wings looked like beautiful stained glass windows and the right way to showcase rainbow colors. It's a perfect piece of this colorful collection that I can enjoy, because it's also a classic butterfly with a traditional Chanel pearl body. And, of course, I'll wear it on a solid colored, traditional blazer.