Ode To A Rosette

The word Rosette is a noun, and a word with many meanings, here are just a few reasons to love the Rosette:

A Rosette for the Best in Show

Not everyone can be a winner but, if you are lucky enough to have the killer competitive instinct and ability, or be what is deemed to be most perfect or beautiful, you probably have a special cabinet with each Rosette artfully on display.

A jubilant Miss Universe winner - her sash is sure to have a rosette

A jubilant Miss Universe winner – her sash is sure to have a rosette. Photo in public domain.

For those of you like me, who have received very few public accolades (not to mention Rosettes), here is a photo of a multiple prize winner showing off his most coveted Rosettes.

Top dog shows off his coveted Rosettes

Top dog shows off his coveted Rosettes. Photo in public domain.

Let them eat cake – with a Rosette

I know sugar is evil, and should be banished from our diet, but it does help make a cake taste oh so much better, and is a key ingredient for the icing on the cake.

A sugar-coated bouquet of rosettes

A sugar-coated bouquet of rosettes. Photo in public domain.

Rosettes iced on cakes look very pretty – almost too pretty to eat – almost, that is! Why not add a Rosette (or one or two dozen) on your next celebration cake?

A rosette celebration cake

A rosette celebration cake. Photo in public domain.

Rosettes a ‘head’ in the fashion stakes

In French, the suffix ‘ette’ means diminutive, but these ladies of fashion chose to use the word ‘rosette’ liberally in the design of their hats. I think you will agree that the designs all look rather impressive and, on grand occasions, why not think big!

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and her personal assistant, Angela Kelly wearing rosettes on their hats

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and her personal assistant, Angela Kelly wearing rosettes on their hats.

A Rosette for passion, romantic love, spirituality, or fun and play… the choice is yours!

If you like to arrange your rooms according to the principles of feng shui, or burn candles and put crystals in strategic positions, you might also think about adding some potted miniature roses (or rosettes) to your décor.

Potted miniature roses "rosettes" - a good choice for indoors and outdoors

Potted miniature roses “rosettes” – a good choice for indoors and outdoors.

Roses are said to have the highest vibration of all living things. They attract healing and luck, and offer protection and healing with divination of all kinds.

Roses are said to have the highest vibration of all living things. They attract healing and luck, and offer protection and healing with divination of all kinds

Roses are said to have the highest vibration of all living things. They attract healing and luck, and offer protection and healing with divination of all kinds.

Your miniature roses will have to be rotated and spend some time outdoors for more sun, but this means your indoors and outdoors will be equally blessed.

Red roses signify passion, deep and true love

Red roses signify passion, deep and true love.

The colour you choose for your rosettes has meaning: white – purifying and healing, positive energy; peach – spirituality and friendship; pink – romantic love, sweetness, fun and play; fuchsia – a lust for life, radical self-love, deep love and acceptance of your physical body; lavender – spirituality; red – passion, deep, true love; and white with red details – devotion and passion.

Rosette – an architectural design feature

A Rosette is an architectural ornament, resembling a rose or having a generally circular combination of parts, and can be found in the design of many buildings. Here is a  beautiful example.

A sublime stained-glass rosette-shaped window

A sublime stained-glass rosette-shaped window. Photo in public domain.

Rosette as a part of Botany, Zoology and the heavens above!

Nature designs the most beautiful and perfect creations, so naturally, the rosette feature can be found in abundance.

Botany uses rosettes to describe often seen circular clusters of leaves in foliage.

The rosette design is perfectly formed in nature

The rosette design is perfectly formed in nature. Photo in public domain.

The Rosette is most commonly found in cats of the Feilidae family: cheetahs (but only King cheetahs), jaguars, leopards, snow leopards, ocelots, and lions (only cubs).

The King Cheetah is the only cheetah with rosettes

The King Cheetah is the only cheetah with rosettes. Photo in the public domain.

The Rosette looks like what it sounds like – a rose-like marking found on fur or skin.

The leopard with rosette type markings on its fur

The leopard with rosette type markings on its fur. Photo in public domain.

Rosettes are extremely useful to these animals because they are used as a camouflage either as a defence mechanism or a stalking tool – talk about multi-purpose (and probably helps explain our long love affair with animal print)!

The beautiful snow leopard has rosette markings

The beautiful snow leopard has rosette markings. Photo in public domain.

The Rosette (or Rosetta) Nebula’s appearance in optical light resembles a rose flower or the rosette, hence the name. You won’t be able to see the Rosette Nebula with your naked eye, but through binoculars, you can see the open cluster known in the astro-scientific community as NGC 2244.

The spectacular Rosette Nebula

The spectacular Rosette Nebula. Photo in public domain.

To observe the entire Nebula you will need a telescope and good viewing conditions. To give you an idea of its size, the Rosette Nebula is about 130 light years in diameter, and if that doesn’t mean anything to you, it appears when viewed from Earth to be about five times the size of the full moon despite being over 5,000 light years away. Interestingly, the nebula’s red colour cannot be seen, only recorded photographically – enjoy the rosy hues!

 

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