In 1874, the Belgium orientalist painter Jean-François Portaels (1818-1895) realised this portrait.
The painting “Salomé” was realised by Paul Antoine de la Boulaye in 1909. Salome is the daughter of Herodiade and Herod the Great (Herod I). She inspired painters like Gustave Moreau and Paul Antoine de la Boulaye. She is often represented dancing in front of her stepfather Herod Antipas to charm him. She is also frequently painted holding the Jean Baptiste’s head. She asked Herod Antipas to kill Jean Baptiste and give her his head in order to prove to her his love.
Aquamarine is the green-blue variety of the mineral Beryl (Emerald belongs also to the Beryl family of minerals). Aquamarine has generally a pastel blue colour. This gemstone can also be intense blue and blue-green.The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin “aqua marina” meaning seawater.
It is found in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Pakistan, Madagascar, Vietnam and in Mozambique. Besides, Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and is believed to have smoothing effects. In Egypt and in the Ancient Rome, aquamarine was used as a talisman.
Apatite is a calcium phosphate mineral. It is the most widespread phosphate in the nature. The name Apatite derives from Greek “apatein” meaning “misleading” because this gemstone was confused with other minerals like tourmaline, peridot, emerald or aquamarine. Surprisingly, Apatite is the main constituent of bones and teeth!
Apatite can be blue, green, brown, yellow, violet, pink or colorless. This gemstone is found in Brazil, Burma, Mexico. The violet and purple ones are found in Maine and Afghanistan. My favourite varieties of Apatite are : neon blue apatite and Paraiba apatite. Besides, Apatite is believed to have calming, comforting and stimulating properties.