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Argyle as described in the dictionary; knitted or woven in a diamond-shaped pattern, as socks. My point, diamonds are just as much masculine as they are feminine, men shine under a different light and texture than women, but one in the same in comparison to attitude, personality, sexuality and spirituality which is the essence of one's shine and inner-glow. The word diamond; sometimes used to refer to as something being of top rating or quality; Diamond Class etc.

The argyle (occasionally argyll) pattern is made of diamonds or lozenges. The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically, there is an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.

The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts and plaids, and from the 17th century. These were generally known as "tartan hose".


A lozenge, often referred to as a diamond, is a form of rhombus.

The definition of lozenge is not strictly fixed, and it is sometimes used simply as a synonym (from the French losange) for rhombus. Most often, though, lozenge refers to a thin rhombus----a rhombus with acute angles of 45 degrees.

The lozenge shape is often used in parquetry and as decoration of ceramics, silverware and textiles. It also features in heraldry and playing cards.


In Euclidean geometry, a rhombus, plural rhombi or rhombuses, is a simple

(non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral whose four sides all have the same length.

Another name is equilateral quadrilateral, since equilateral means that all of its sides are equal. The rhombus is often called a diamond, after the diamonds suitin playing cards, or a lozenge, though the latter sometimes refers specifically to a rhombus with a 45 degree angle. Every rhombus is a parallelogram, and a rhombus with right angles is a square.

The word "rhombus" comes from the Greek (rhombos), meaning something that spins, which derives from the verb (rhembo), meaning "to turn round and round". The word was used both by Euclid and Archimedes, who used the term

"solid rhombus" for two right circular cones sharing a common base.

< Bishop (chess) >

A bishop is a piece in the board game of chess. Each player begins the game with two bishops. One starts between the king's knight and the king, the other between the queen's knight and the queen. In algebraic notation the starting squares are c1 and f1 for White's bishops, and c8 and f8 for Black's bishops. 

The bishop has no restrictions in distance for each move, but is limited to diagonal movement. Conversely, a bishop which is impeded by friendly pawns is often referred to as a "bad bishop" (or sometimes, disparagingly, a "tall pawn"). The bishop's predecessor in shatranj (medieval chess) was the alfil, meaning elephant, which could leap two squares along any diagonal, and could jump over an intervening piece. 

The term bishop entered the English language in the 16th century, with the first known written example dating back to 1560s. In all other Germanic languages, except for Icelandic, it is called various names, all of which directly translate to English as "runner or messenger". In some Slavic languages the bishop is called <"strelec">, which directly translates to English as a <"shooter"> meaning an < archer >.


Chess Bishop

< 1 1/2" x 3/8" hex or cap bolt >

3/8"-16 T-Nut

King Of Diamonds

#34 Fish, King of Diamonds

In the tradition of the Madame Lenormand interpretation of the #34 Fish card most Lenormand cartomancers (diviners of cards) will agree that the card's primary meaning is money matters. The vast range of financial situations.

The symbolism of the fish suggest fluid energy which is what money is - energy. It is important to circulate this energy by spending it and also by accepting the abundance it does represent. If you hold on tightly to things of tangible/financial value you block the flow of energy. This applies to information as well -In a simple ritual of attracting money to yourself, one of the key parts to the successful manifestation of this attraction is to generate flow. In your belief system, you must allow abundance by being open to it. Also, by giving money or things of value away (releasing it) you contribute to the cycle of flow. The fluid aspect will also indicate liquids of different types- water, alcohol etc.

When you use the King of Diamonds to represent a person connected to a situation, he will be a businessman or person with financial knowledge or have a level of great understanding to take charge. In ancient cartomancy, the King represents a fair haired man which includes blond, auburn, salt n pepper. He has been associated with the King of Wands of the Tarot. A fireball personality - an Aries ruled by Mars.

The start of the Spring time March 21st. Because of the Mars energy contained within the King of Diamonds he will have a short fuse and a quick temper. He likes to be in control which puts him in positions of command- an executive, a manager, an officer, tough boss, strict father, controlling husband. People may be split on whether diamonds = wands or pentacles. A division for quite a few decades. In the ancient gypsy meanings the clubs point to money & financial matters more so than the diamonds. The more modern associations of the playing card meanings use Diamonds to represent the financial world.

One of the older meanings for the King of Wands is the representation for marriage. The diamond King can adopt this suggested meaning as well when the specific questions relate to marriage. It will foretell success and the road leading to such..    

Fraternity Stone

Sapphire - A clear, fairly pure form of mineral corundum that is usually blue but may be any color except red. It often contains small amounts of oxides of cobalt, chromium and titanium and is valued as a gem.

Sapphire - Associated with diamonds (Ex. 28:18) and emeralds (Ezek. 28:13);

a precious stone of a sky-blue colour, probably the lapis lazuli, brought from babylon. "The throne of God is described as of the colour of a sapphire (Ex. 24:10; comp. Ezek. 1:26).

Spirit of Style #7: 

I smarts

Be a "more than meets the eye" guy


STYLE DOESN'T EXHAUST itself choosing clothes, but has other projects-- free enthusiasms --in mind. Style needs grist for the mill between its ears. It's curious about the world. So the notion that wheels are turning works for a stylish man. He's not accepting things at face value. Rather, he's drawing conclusions, altering his life--maybe history, even--with the power of his thought. That quality can make him irresistible--a puzzle that everyone wants to solve.

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Dash NOILLY PRAT Original Dry Vermouth

Greenolives or lemon twist, for garnish


Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice

Stir thoroughly and strain into a chilled coupe martini

cocktail glass

Garnish with green olives or a lemon twist, if desired.

The stylish martini cocktail is said to have gotten it's

name in the late 1800s when an American bartender

mixed gin with newly imported MARTINI Vermouth.

After more than 100 years, mixologists were finally

able to perfect "The Ultimate Martini Cocktail."

What makes it Ultimate? BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin.

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