A true favorite decoration of Mine- TINSEL. did you know it's made of real silver, and was actually invented around 1610 in Germany?
Silver was pulled into wafer thin strips to create this silvery dross called tinsel. Silver was durable & though it tarnished quickly, especially with candlelight so near- still it was an essential decoration on the Christmas trees of the day. No substitute for making tinsel was found til the mid-20th century. Real tinsel is can still be found if you're lucky.
tinsel by Givenchy photographed by Paolo Roversi ,2007 for Vogue Italia