It’s Friday night and rather than hitting one of San Francisco’s great restaurants, I’m at home patinating; I’m too exhausted to do anything else. Patination is the chemical process by which a patina forms. What is a patina? Literally, it’s a chemical compound found on the surface of a metal. Figuratively, according to Wikipedia, patina can refer to any fading, darkening or other signs of age, which are felt to be natural and/or unavoidable. This is not to suggest that I am fading, darkening or showing signs of age — Lord knows I still look too young to drink — but rather, I am really enjoying the slow process of establishing a patina on my Catherine M. Zadeh Buffalo Horn Bracelet.
Let me start by saying I have never been one for men’s jewelry. Never got an ear pierced, never tried a pinky ring, didn’t even do the Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelet. But I have certainly seen men that pull off jewelry quite nicely, so on a recent trip to New York, where we placed our opening order for Catherine Zadeh’s line of cufflinks, bracelets, belts, pendants and rings, Catherine was extremely generous in offering me that bracelet. At first, I was hesitant, but when she showed me her husband’s bracelet, it had this beautiful patina about it. It seemed to have a greenish-brownish hue which looked stunning given that the bracelet, brand new, is jet black.
My instructions were clear — never take it off. Wear it in the shower, in the ocean, in snow or oppressive heat. All of those things will combine to form a unique patina for this bracelet. Although it’s only been 3 months, and the bracelet is still mostly black, the patina is coming. As for my plans for the weekend? Saturday I’ll be watching paint dry, while Sunday I’ll watch the grass grow.