Le Gloire

Closing ceremony of Rio Olympic Games
Closing ceremony of Rio Olympic Games

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 thinkĀ  Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball will never, ever, ever end the closing ceremony is finished.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro of Great Britain
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro of Great Britain

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Simone Biles US women’s Gymnastics all around gold medalist

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 US Women's Boxing gold medalist
Claressa Shields US Women’s Boxing gold medalist

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 fromĀ  base metals they’re set with glass and paste stones that are so evocative of the distant past.

Crown from Christofle's Silver Kingdom collection
Crown from Christofle’s Silver Kingdom collection

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.

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