The Swiss watch Vasheron & Constantine is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious in the world. In the second half of the 18th century, Switzerland, from a country full of coups and military mercenaries, smoothly transferred to a country with rapidly developing industry, where one of the main areas of industry was the production of watches.
Switzerland always paid great attention to watchmaking, so in 1601 a special guild of watchmakers was formed in Geneva, and at the end of the 18th century there could already count about 200 watch shops and more than 800 watchmakers. Jean-Marc Washeron, had to work in conditions of strong competition, which served as a tendency to constantly improve the quality and perfection of the characteristics of his watches, and already in 1770, Jean-Marc Washeron released the first pocket watch “Complication” with a complicated clockwork, which served as a kind of statement on the Swiss watch market about outstanding creative abilities. Continue reading
Copper has long been considered a magical material. Water did not deteriorate in copper dishes, pendants were protected from diseases, copper nickels were applied to a bruised place.
COPPER – the metal of Venus, which gives strength to soft gold, has the magical ability to clarify the feelings of man. A lack of copper in the body leads to anemia. Copper increases the body’s ability to resist infection, and the water, settled in copper dishes, acquires the ability to kill microbes. There is evidence that during the cholera and plague epidemics, as a rule, people who worked with copper and those who wore various copper objects on their bodies did not get sick: crosses, jewelry, hoops. Continue reading
To talk about such a complex topic, let’s turn to the story. Who knows how icons fell into people’s hands?
In fact, an icon could reach a person in several ways:
In large cities and with large churches there were workshops that painted icons. They didn’t draw, but wrote. People who had an education and specially studied icon painting. Each region had its own schools and workshops, which experts now determine by the features of painting on the icon. Each region had its own distinctive style. People came to these workshops and ordered there the icons that they needed. Naturally, this was not done for free. Money was paid for such icons, and sometimes not very small. Then on this icon, sometimes a salary was ordered – a metal cover made of brass and silver. Continue reading