The scorching crackle of a carbon-arc light, spattering a cascade of white-hot sparks that nearly graze the porcelain skin, the bared shoulder, the swoop of studio coiffure. The pop of enormous flashbulbs as silk charmeuse and mink slip toward the limousine. She carries her breath through the night like a white orchid.

"Over here, over here!." Cries from the crowd, then hush. The cushioned car-door shuts with a gloss and a glide. And she’s gone.

There was an element of danger in the Old Hollywood equation. Fragile moths drawn perilously close to the flame. This tension of glamour, power and risk inspires the jeweled, short nail of Holiday, 2016. The palette is precious and faceted, setting amethyst,

sapphire, emerald, ruby and diamond against the skin. The fire within.

This glamorous nail is most luxurious with an LBD, or pristine winter-white in cashmere, white suede or arctic furs. The Northern Lights play in the facets held deep within the gemstone finish.