So about yesterday's umbrella, please note: the perfect curves between tips; the wooden and mother of pearl handle, and the way the tips fit snugly into a metal clasp at the bottom; the hand stitched, matching encasement around the runner; the subtle stitch anchoring the rib to the finished seam; the symmetry of stretchers and ribs; and, most importantly, the elegance with which it comes apart. (Also, this umbrella: with its gold, dusty pink and wood, very much reminds me of the Most Beautiful Wedding Dress in the World which Joanna mentioned today. I once inquired about the cost of this dress. It is exactly as expensive as you think it should be, times three. But worth every penny. My $4 thrift store umbrella is my stand in).