I never thought I'd be typing the words "Van Cleef and Arpels" in this blog but there, I just did.
Like the imaginative and creative highlanders of Papua New Guinea, the designers at Van Cleef and Arpels have been inspired by the Birds of Paradise.
The Paris based jewelery house displays its "Oiseaux de Paradis" collection at http://bit.ly/6xnMay. Be sure to click on the video clip.
Stylized and realistic interpretations of Birds of Paradise are seen in the precious metal and gem bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces.
Travelers who have visited Tari Gap or other homes of the fabulous birds will recognize the silhouettes and graceful curves.
I don't see the prices of the jewelery pieces in the video clip. My memories of tail feathers of Birds of Paradise swooping and trailing across the dawn sky are golden.