Let’s face it. There’s no shortage of high-end jewelry out there. High jewelry kingpins like Cartier, Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co. are just a few of the big names whose ample catalogs offer a near-endless supply. That said, they can’t match the appeal of a piece of jewelry entirely designed with you in mind rather than an off-the-shelf item. If you have the right balance of budget and patience, commissioning a piece of custom jewelry provides one of the most rewarding shopping experiences you can have.
On the off chance you’ve been bitten by the custom bug but watches are more your thing, Jaeger LeCoultre launched a near-perfect solution. Earlier this year the brand kicked off an all-new online “configurator” that allows buyers to customize a Reverso with alternate strap colors and bold secondary dial offerings using a range of materials including meteorite; mother-of-pearl; and bright, colorful enamels. If we are lucky, the days of handing off your prized watch to a jeweler to modify it after production may finally be over once and for all.
As an alternative to choosing a household name like Fabergé, a number of amazing custom jewelers out there are more than capable of bringing your vision to life. Vancouver-based Andrew Costen and Mary Ann Buis of Costen Catbalue are two of the industry’s greats, both recognized by the American Gemstone Trade Association for their incredible custom work. They point out an important detail about the custom process: Because the retail marketing component is cut out of the equation, buying custom often works out to be more cost-effective than buying an equivalent stock item of high jewelry.
Fabergé’s jewelry atelier produced some absolutely jaw-dropping hardware over the years, and that depth and breadth of experience make the company’s bespoke services second to none. Over the course of a series of consultations, one of its boutique specialists will walk you through the design and commissioning process to ensure you get that perfect, unique piece of Fabergé you’ve been itching to own. Depending on stone selection and how elaborate the design, the average Fabergé commission can take months from start to finish.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Lovango Resort + Beach Club is the first newly built resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 30 years and prepares to return for its second season. Welcoming guests back Dec. 20, the resort will sport some new accommodations and guest experiences.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.
Hyatt recently announced plans to open more than 20 luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean through 2024. Some of these new openings include expansion of Hyatt brands into new markets.
Sweet tea. Soul food. Y'all. Sound familiar? Though these words and phrases are commonly associated with the South, it's understood in any language. If you're seeking a city abroad that will enchant you, capture your attention from start to finish and welcome everyone as family, we cordially invite you to visit Savannah.
Hotelier Ash welcomes its fourth hotel, Ulysses, to its collection. Situated in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, the 116-room hotel features an all-day café and late-night drinking parlor. The new hotel lies within the historic, nine-story Latrobe Building, a former 1912 apartment building with an early Italian Renaissance design. The hotel earns its name, Ulysses, from a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the century. The name also pays homage to James Joyce’s legendary and revolutionary novel and to the Greek hero, Odysseus.