24 June 2014
By Karen Blythe
It’s only been yesterday, 23 June, that we’ve celebrated the Summer solstice, better known in Spain as the Noche de San Juan (Night of St. John the Baptist), the shortest night of the year and if you jumped thrice over the roaring bonfire you’ll have purified yourself and your troubles will be over. Ain’t that great!
You’ll wish there’ll be more than just one Noche de San Juan in the calendar. And, mercifully, some places in Spain, the likes of Lanjarón in Granada, are able to keep the bonfires, or equivalent, burning a little longer on account of the Fiesta del Agua y del Jamón (Fiesta of the Water and the Ham) which begins on the 24th of June.
But for all the supreme capacity of the Spaniards to squeeze the last drop out of every fiesta, the magical Summer solstice, and its extension where possible, is gone all too soon and all that will remain of it is the poignant memory of the bonfires. Ah, there might be ways to make it last. One is stoking the fires with fiery rubies and glittering diamonds. How about that, huh?
Spain has been down so long it just isn’t humanly possible anymore to wallow in misery every waking moment. Hey, it’s summer. The trusty Spanish sun still shines golden for all the country’s economic woes. And the blue Mediterranean still makes the white sands on the playas sparkle with tropical warmth. (Imagine if you have to vacation on unsummery-cold Atlantic shores!) AND diamonds will never lose their shine. Maybe you should consider a little pampering and get yourself something like it to remind you that the good times aren’t gone forever and you can still enjoy. Or didn’t you have fun on the Noche de San Juan – even if it was just the thought of it ecause for some reason you missed the actual bonfires.
Here, let your eyes feast on these bounties of Nature (bright yellow malleable metal found in rocks and alluvial deposits, a.k.a. gold; an extremely hard crystalline carbon found in igneous rocks called diamond; etc.) that man’s delightful genius has crafted into incredible beauty. You might even decide to buy one (or more) for yourself. The jewels are from Carrera y Carrera, one of Spain’s oldest jewelers of merited international prestige with shops in every important capital on the globe. But there are other incredibly good Spanish jewelers besides. Joyería Suarez, for instance.
Tip: In these times of non-abundance there are sites where prices are slashed down half the original, such as the Luxury Bazaar: http://www.luxurybazaar.com/categories/catid_46_Carrera_y_Carrera.html
Keep a keepsake of the sensational Spanish summer bonfires to make them last!
Noche de San Juan: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jpereira (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
The jewelry: Carrera y Carrera
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