Countdown to the New YearClocks are an essential symbol of the new year and an even more potent symbol is a year-going regulator clock, which beautifully demonstrates the pinnacle of precision clockmaking. While regulator clocks are known for their incredible accuracy, year-going regulators are exceptional in their mechanical proficiency. They possess the ability to run on a single wind for an entire year — an amazing feat of mechanical engineering that makes them some of the most fascinating and rare clocks available.
New Year’s BabyJ.C. Leyendecker was the preeminent artist of the golden age of American Illustration during the first half of the 20th century and inspired an entire generation of illustrators who came after him. With the help of Leyendecker’s cover illustrations, the Saturday Evening Post became the best-selling magazine in the country by 1913. His holiday covers for the publication were his signature, and his New Year’s Baby series was especially popular, helping grow the Post’s circulation.
Chinese New YearJade has been valued for its beauty and symbolic powers for millennia, with objects having been found as early as 5000 BC. Considered the most valuable of all precious stones, it is pervasive throughout Chinese decorative arts. Today, Eastern and Western buyers alike are drawn to jade as never before. And in this Chinese New Year, jade holds particular importance as a symbol of prosperity, success, and good luck. Confucius wrote a thesis on the virtues of jade over 2000 years ago, which came to serve as a metaphorical standard of living well. Because of this virtuosity of character, jade was used to form only the most important of objects.
The Year of the TigerIn the Chinese zodiac, 2022 is the year of the tiger. The tiger is known as the king of the beasts in China and a symbol of good luck, so why not incorporate that inspiration into your style in the coming year? Tiger’s eye is a variety of quartz and a member of the chalcedony (cat’s eye) gemstone family. When polished, it displays beautiful bands of golden color throughout, resembling the stripes of a tiger. It is said to clarify thinking and aid in making sound decisions and reduce anxiety, an excellent resolution for anyone in the new year!
Pantone Color of the Year: Very PeriAnother way color can inspire you in the new year is with Pantone’s always anticipated color of the year. For 2022, Pantone has given a bluish-purple named “Very Peri” the honor, and it exudes a cool, calming and joyous attitude. It is a beautiful pale jewel tone with an intensity of hue that was popular in Art Deco jewels and the decorative arts — a style that still enjoys popularity today.
Handsel MondayFrom the 14th to the late 19th century in rural Scotland, the first Monday after New Year’s Day was known as Handsel Monday, and it was an occasion for giving tokens of appreciation, usually small monetary gifts to one’s children, servants or delivery people. These gifts served as tokens of good luck for the coming year.