For a while I have been on the hunt for an antique Chinese hairpin with kingfisher feathers.
I found one a month ago but didn't snatch it up in time and it got away.
My mum and grandmother had a few beads with kingfisher feathers and I remember them from when I was little.
They are so exotic and beautiful, and that color blue is just so intense.
The feathers of a kingfisher bird act like prisms and light is bent and reflected back out, this is what makes the color so vivid.
As well as the color, I am totally drawn into the intricacies and intense detail of the objects. The feathers are carefully cut and glued onto silver.
No enamel at the time was able to rival the electric blue.
Check out this crazy headdress, the Phoenix Crown, from the Ming Dynasty