The Olympics have taken possession of the world’s collective heart. A sprawling South American nation rife with economic, political and social upheaval plays host to the Olympic Games and the world with barely the strength to hold its own. And yet the world comes, the Games proceed, records are set, and at the closing there are many a wet eye. It was touching to watch the whole event and just when you think Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball will never, ever, ever end the closing ceremony is finished.
As predicted Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro won back to back gold in the Dressage event. Simone Biles laid claim to just about every single discipline in women’s Gymnastics taking home 4 gold medals. Michael Phelps set the record for most gold medals in a career with 23 in all for swimming.
Claressa Shields, a young woman from Flint Michigan set a record of being the first woman to win back to back gold in Olympic Boxing. She was the youngest in London 4 years ago and repeated her victory in Rio. Her story of triumph over adversity is extraordinarily poignant.
So walking down Bleeker Street today with the whole Olympic immersion rolling around my head I spied a crown in the window of Christofle that stopped me dead in my tracks. Not least of all due to its obvious beauty but due to the fact that victory, power, and yes glory are all ideas crowding our consciousness of late. That beautiful crown designed by the decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard in collaboration with Christofle seemed oddly apt. Antique crowns are something I love and always keep an eye open for them. The most beautiful are very old, pretty small in scale and made for religious figures in old cathedrals and churches. Made from base metals they’re set with glass and paste stones that are so evocative of the distant past.
This crown from the Christofle Kingdom collection is silver plate on stainless with gold plated accents. For a polished crown in precious metals it’s pretty sedate. It would be an amazing gift for that Queen or King in your life. Or maybe just the perfect paper weight for your well dressed desk. I’d get it and figure out what to do with it later. We’re all champions just making it from one day to the next. Crowns are available through the Christofle boutique on Bleeker and their Madison Avenue location.