Homecoming

I saw our town’s Homecoming parade the other day and had to explain to my son what “Homecoming” is. (For my non-American readers, it’s a tradition in high schools and colleges in the US to welcome back former residents and alumni for a weekend. Typically there is a parade, football game, and dance or party. It’s a big deal for teenagers.) More friends have come back to SL, so it’s homecoming there too. It’s amazing—once this place has a grip on you, you can’t leave—not forever. Welcome back, Rouns and Hung. I am still waiting on Peter :P

Homecoming

This is all gonna tie together.. you’ll see. First off, let me talk about this gorgeous dress from Mami Jewell. Mami has grown her business with dresses of elegance and drama. This dress is no exception. With the lush purple texture running in gentle folds over my avatar, the spectacular ruffles surrounding the face and decolletage, it’s a dress that could push into melodrama but doesn’t because of her muted textures and minimal decoration.

Homecoming

Anyone who is familiar with the dress knows I left a beautiful waist piece off. That is because I wanted the main decoration for this ensemble to be Abraxxa Anatine’s newest offering, a choker and earring set. Abraxxa is offering this set at the 2010 Jewelry Fair, and it’s probably one of the loveliest pieces in the whole fair (which is saying a lot because there are a ton of wonderful pieces). Abraxxa, I am sure most would agree, is the one of the most prolific and amazing jewelry builders in SL, and this piece is no exception with its elegantly draped chains and brilliant gem textures. Where else will you find a black opal like this in SL?

Homecoming

Abraxxa packs even more goodness into her jewelry by including scripts which will allow you to make them your own. In this case, the locket opens and allows you to load up to 100 photos of loved ones. (In this case, my grumpy old man avatar is the one you see here as he holds a special place in my heart.) I will be loading photos of my friends—the ones still in SL and the ones who have yet to attend Homecoming. You are all dear to me.

Homecoming

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin

Hair: >TRUTH< Leighton 2 – mahogany by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ][ bald] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Dress: -AZUL- Reine /Amethyst  for “Keep A Child Alive” by Mami Jewell for AZUL

Necklace: EarthStones Gothique Choker Locket – Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *

Earrings: EarthStones Gothique Earrings –  Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *

The Finest Jewelry

Tiny prims are a challenge. If you have never worked with them—tortured a prim down to its eensiest size, you don’t know what it means to work with them. The original master of tiny prim engineering was Random Calliope. Consider this sculpture he did, all 81 prims of it, next to the smallest cube I can make at .010 X .010 X .010.

The Finest Jewelry

No, that’s not a trick of your eyes. Actually, it’s a trick in my inventory—if I am not totally careful when I rez it, the darn thing ends up taking 81 prims somewhere on my sim, and I can’t find it without thorough searching. (And on this Primcess’ land, that’s like looking for a needle in a haystack!)

The Finest Jewelry

This blog is all about the tiny prims. Specifically, Di Yifu’s tiny prims. Di is in the next generation of exquisite jewelry makers after Random, as far as I am concerned. Following in the footsteps of such artisans as Caliah Lyon, Skinkie Winkler, and , Di Yifu brings new art to tiny prims. I am showing here her exquisite Laoris choker and earrings, which she is selling at this year’s Jewelry Fair.

The Finest Jewelry

Unlike Random, who worked exclusively with SL-made prims, no scripts, and SL-made textures, Di has opted to use sculpties and she has made a beautiful texture that rotates in the middle of each one of those little diamonds.

I chose a lovely and simple dress from Nicky Ree—the Kathy gown. It’s the elegance this necklace deserves without overpowering its beauty.

The Finest Jewelry

The hair is from fri.day, a terrific new store on the grid. If I wasn’t open-minded, I would think these were old designers rebranding, since the products, store, and business are so good, especially the hair.

The Finest Jewelry

Bedecked in jewels:

Hair: fri. – Allison – Dramatic Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries-T:Chamois/Summer by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: *NR* Kathy Gown – Green by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Earrings: “Laoris” elven/fairy earrings by Di Yifu for Inca Temple

Necklace: “Laoris” fairy/elven choker by Di Yifu for Inca Temple

Shoes: Storm Schmooz Opinelle by Storm Schmooz for L’Atelier Storm Schmooz