I found a collection of my mothers costume jewelry a few days ago, unceremoniously wrapped in tissue paper at the bottom of a cardboard box. I was so happy to see it that I examined each piece carefully trying to remember what outfit she wore with each brooch. I recently wore this round piece, pinned at the neck of a gold J. Crew cardigan sweater. It looked beautiful for its fifty years and she would have been so happy that it had been lovingly worn. Once I removed it I found myself staring at that pin several times that evening. The design seemed so familiar. And then I remembered….
The Vatican Museums spiral staircase! It is one of the most photographed staircases in the world, and considered one of the most beautiful. Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, the broad steps are a combination ramp and staircase. I remember it as a breathtaking conclusion to our tour of the museum, and couldn’t wait to take this photograph. The pin is similar in shape and the intricate design on the walls of the stairs are similar to the engravings on the spirals of the pin. Do you see the similarities? It is such a fun thought, and my Mother would have loved the comparison.