Last year, the hubby and I had a long layover in Orlando, so we decided to do a quick jaunt over to the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. Checking their hours on TripAdvisor, I kept seeing a weird comment in the Q&A. Customer after customer asked:
"Does it cost to rub the god statues?"
The pride and joy of the museum are the fertility gods, which are kept in the lobby because of their massive popularity. Featured in numerous newspapers and documentaries, they are like the pregnancy pilgrimage of the modern world.
"People just come in to rub them, they don't even come into the museum," she explained. "And we get letters weeks later -- so many letters -- that couples are expecting a baby!"
Maybe objects can bring fortuitous events of love, fertility, fortune, and prosperity. And if you are in search of love this Valentine's Day, I have just the thing for you...
MARLENE DIETRICH'S GYPSY LUCK
I recently purchased the Marlene Dietrich collection, and amongst the films is a quite charming tale about a World War II soldier hunkering down with a gypsy in the forests of Germany as he tries to evade the Nazis.
Dietrich, in what might be my favorite of any of her performances, croons a song that states that if you wear golden earrings, love will come to you.
There's a story the gypsies know is true
That when your love wears golden earrings
She belongs to you
An old love story that's known to very few
But if you wear those golden earrings
Love will come to you
By the burning fire, they will glow with ev'ry coal
You will hear desire whisper low inside your soul
So be my gypsy
Make love your guiding light
And let that pair of golden earrings
Cast their spell tonight
Over the past 69 years, “Golden Earrings” has been covered by no fewer than 50 artists, including Peggy Lee (who scored a hit in 1947), Bobby Darin (1964) and Willie Nelson (1983).
DID HOLLYWOOD JUST MAKE THIS WHOLE GOLDEN EARRING THING UP OR WHAT?
Honestly, when I think of golden hoop earrings like the ones worn in the film, the first thing that comes to mind are pirates. It turns out there are a great deal of legends surrounding this fashion statement, although none I found had anything to do with love. The most popular myth behind the jewelry trend is that sailors would wear them as a form of payment. If they died, just pull off the earring and bury them -- it was like pirate funeral planning.
That is far less romantic than the Marlene Dietrich iteration.
YOU NEVER KNOW, MAYBE MARLENE DIETRICH GOT IT RIGHT. SO WHY NOT TRY IT?
Ok, so it may not actually bring you romance this Valentine's Day, but you never know. Gold adds a chic touch to just about any outfit. It transforms the little black dress into a glamourous statement.
Gold Bar Earrings
More into lighter hues? Pair those with more delicate golden earrings. These "gold bar" earrings are adorable.
Plus, you are in luck, since fashion influencers everywhere are saying gold hoop earrings of all sizes are officially "in" for 2018. So why not give it a go?
And if your golden earrings bring you love, be sure to let me know!
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