As Mardi Gras approaches, my many wonderful memories of time in New Orleans–the people and the food and the music–come back full force. This new necklace reminds me of the enjoyable hours I’ve spent combing through the antique and fine jewelry shops on Royal Street. Far beyond my means, but I wander through them like museums. A chance to glimpse the most fabulous French antiques. There’s nothing to replace the patina of age.